The boundary marks today

Preservation of the marks


Most of the surviving marks are on the statutory list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest maintained by English Heritage under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as Grade II listed buildings. There are therefore photographs of most of these marks on English Heritage's Images of England website.

The City Corporation itself appreciates the historical interest of the posts and is shown by its efforts to see that the remaining posts are kept painted, and in good condition. Until a few years ago this was done through the voluntary co-operation of local authorities in whose areas the posts are located and the results were a little uneven both as regards the style of painting and also as to whether anything at all was done. More recently the City's Historic Buildings Surveyor has employed a contractor to maintain the posts. For many years there was a page on the posts on the Corporation website, but unfortunately this has been removed.

A number of marks are preserved in museums.

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