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Waymarker on the Judges' Road is restored

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: October 09, 2013

  • REFURBISHED: Standing by the completed way sign with the new three arms are John Pearce and John Blight, with his dog Bax.

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A WAYMARKER that has stood beside a North Cornwall road for more than 100 years has been restored.

The triangular granite post at Valley Truckle, near Camelford, has pointed the way to Bodmin and Wadebridge for over a century.

But over time it had become covered in lichen and rust stains from the metal arms on top of the stone.

John Pearce, from Camelford, who has taken a keen interest in restoring former landmarks, said: "I had a close look and noticed faint engravings in the granite in small letters – Wadebridge, Bodmin and Camelford on the side that faced the appropriate town.

"It turns out that this is an important and historically interesting way sign that marks one end of the newly designated Judges' Road.

"In 1716 Cornwall's Assize Court in Launceston was moved to Bodmin, but the road between Camelford to Bodmin at that time was a rough post road used by the postmen on horseback, so the road had to be improved to take the judges' carriages for this important legal event.

"Milestones were placed along this route from Bodmin to Camelford and these have recently been restored or replaced with the guidance of Ian Thomson from the Cornwall branch of the Milestone Society who has named this the Judges' Road."

Camelford Town Council paid for John Blight, the owner of The Camelford Gallery, to hand-paint the fingerboards in a traditional way.

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