Milestone returned after completion of restoration project

RETURNED: John Nunn and Rob Simpson with the milestone.
RETURNED: John Nunn and Rob Simpson with the milestone.
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A long lost milestone, which was discovered neglected in a hedge, has been restored and returned to its original location in Long Melford.

The milestone – believed to be more than 200 years old – was found by John Nunn and Rob Simpson, founders of the Long Melford Heritage Centre, on Rodbridge Hill last month.

Following the discovery, the pair enlisted the help of a handful of village volunteers – Simon Webb, Shane Green and Vernon Lever – who lent their expertise to restoring the stone.

On Sunday, after a four-week project, which saw the milestone carefully cleaned and repainted, it was returned to Rodbridge Hill.

“It is in quite a prominent position and there was a great deal of interest as we put it back,” said Mr Nunn.

“It was a real team effort and we are extremely grateful to our magnificent helpers for coming together for what has been a very worthwhile and rewarding community project.”

The milestone had previously been restored in 1969, but was lost in the intervening years.