Plaque to the future on farm

Roger Sewell - Chairman Yorkshire Riding Society: Hilary Holt - Founder member YRS and Andy Strangeway, also of the society
Roger Sewell - Chairman Yorkshire Riding Society: Hilary Holt - Founder member YRS and Andy Strangeway, also of the society
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Tiny marker is a sign of something big for Yorkshire folk

IT’S only a tiny plaque – but the marker nailed to a post in a field at Grange Farm, near Harthill, Rotherham, is part of something pretty big.

Members of the Yorkshire Ridings Society, which campaigns to preserve Yorkshire’s history, is installing 120 markers around the county’s original 600-mile boundary – one every five miles.

The post at Harthill, next to a small stream, is special because it marks the most southerly point of Yorkshire. It was suggested as a location for the marker post by Tony Banks, who runs the farm.

It has been named after campaign group member Andy Strangeway, from York, who spent a night there while camping out at each of Yorkshire’s extreme points. Posts are being sited on private property, with the support of landowners.

The society will mark the remainder of their boundaries and hope to work with people in other adjoining counties.

Roger Sewell, society chairman, said: “The boundaries of administrative areas are subject to change, but the counties remain as unchanging indicators of place, in the case of Yorkshire for more than 1,130 years.

“Counties are both a vital part of our history and a living part of our present and future. This is the message that placing of boundary markers will help to reinforce.”

The society is urging landowners who want a marker post on their land to come forward.

Email admin@yorkshireridings.org to get involved.