29 NOVEMBER 1940, Page 11

Milestones The milestones of every English road have been removed.

But where? For a century, in some cases for two centuries, rural authorities have preserved them assiduously. It would be un- fortunate if these historical, and in many cases beautifully in- accurate and fantastic landmarks, were to be lost. Those that marked the roads from Ware to Cambridge, as the Commons Preservation Society points out, were painted with the arms of Trinity Hall. There were many beautiful examples in the Cots- wolds, many more in Yorkshire, and, indeed, notable examples everywhere in local stone, local lettering, and local imagination. I hope the sentimental English attachment to survivals of the past will see to it that no misdirected patriotic zeal breaks up the iron and stone of these rural antiques into Hurricanes and hard core.