The boundary marks today

Additional information about Post 144a

This post is one of a large number on Banstead Heath and I am occasionally asked why it was not in the list of posts published in my The coal duties of the City of London and their boundary marks in 1972 and is consequently numbered 144a (as explained in Numbering of the marks).

In 1961 the former Banstead Urban District Council painted all the posts which it could locate in its area, so that when I first looked for posts on Banstead Heath in 1964 they were relatively newly painted. Unfortunately, the council missed this one and so by contrast it was rusty and unpainted. Posts 144a and 145 are quite close to each other (as can be seen from the picture); I think that when I first looked for posts in this area, knowing that there were originally two of them, I must have misidentified 145 as the more northerly of the two and looked for another further south. Having made the mistake, I never thought to look for the missing post again until a correspondent drew my attention to it after the publication of my 1972 booklet.

Mea culpa.

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