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Save our historic 17th century boundary stone

PUBLISHED: 15:19 07 March 2008 | UPDATED: 09:46 11 August 2010

Mr Latham with the surviving Mark Stone

Mr Latham with the surviving Mark Stone

A LOVER of local history is appealing to the council to rescue a historic stone which is lying neglected by the side of a road. The Mark s Stone was erected in the 17th century along with several others to mark the eastern boundary of the Forest of Waltha

A LOVER of local history is appealing to the council to rescue a historic stone which is lying neglected by the side of a road.

The Mark's Stone was erected in the 17th century along with several others to mark the eastern boundary of the Forest of Waltham. In 1772 another knee-high stone was put up next to it.

But the years have not been kind to the historic relics, which sit in a hedgerow just east of Whalebone Lane North, Mark's Gate.

A metal plaque which once stood at their base was stolen some time in 2001 or 2002.

Worse still, one of the stones, thought to be the 18th century version, was broken off at the base and has now disappeared completely.

Charles Latham, of Kingston Close, Mark's Gate, thinks it is time the remaining stone was given the treatment it deserves.

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