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Ypres Memorial Milestone
Ypres Memorial Milestone
Ypres Memorial Milestone
Ypres Memorial Milestone

Photo credit: Andy Smith / Art UK

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An eighteenth-century milestone moved in 1922 and adapted to mark First World War casualties of British and Commonwealth Forces in the Ypres Salient. The eighth milestone on this section of road (that is, a marker recording eight miles from London Bridge) was erected at the roadside opposite the school and Christ Church, Shooter's Hill. While the Trust closed in 1813, its milestones remained and in 1922 this marker was moved a short distance into the churchyard. Associated with the erection of the community’s First World War memorial in that year, a new plaque was added to the milestone to record the distance from Shooter's Hill to the Cloth Hall, Ypres.
Title

Ypres Memorial Milestone

Date

1922

Medium

stone & metal

Accession number

SE18_AS_S073

Acquisition method

originally erected by the New Cross Turnpike Trust

Work type

War memorial

Owner

Greenwich London Borough Council

Custodian

Greenwich London Borough Council

Work status

extant

Listing status

Grade II (England and Wales)

Listing date

08/06/73

Access

at all times

Inscription description

the low stone carries three metal plaques; that facing the road reads 8 / MILES / TO / LONDON / BRIDGE; the plaque facing the church reads 7 / MILES / TO / DARTFORD; the third plaque, facing west, reads 130 MILES TO / YPRES. / IN DEFENDING / THE SALIENT / OUR CASUALTIES / WERE:- / 90,000 KILLED / 70,500 MISSING, / 410,000 WOUNDED.

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Located at

Christ Church, Greenwich

SE18 3RR

Located in the grounds of Christ Church, by the hedge.