A Replica Roman Milestone, commemorating the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth and the site of original junction of Watling Street & Ryknild Street has been unveiled by The Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Mr Ian Dudson CBE, alongside Watling Street in Wall Village.
This feature was the idea of The Milestone Society, whose aim it is to restore and maintain ancient milestones and finger posts throughout the country, in conjunction with Wall Parish Council. The stone has been inscribed in Latin to reflect sixty years of the Queens Reign and is the only one of its type to be installed since the Roman period. The lettering was designed by Richard Grasby, one of the leading experts in Roman lettering and cut by Dave Bradbury, a multi-disciplined Yorkshire based sculptor and stone carver.
Other locations in England were considered for the landmark but it was decided Wall was the most suitable, being near the intersection of two of the most important roads in Roman Britain, Watling Street (London to Chester) & Rynild Street (Gloucester to York) and near the site of what was a substantial important Roman Settlement.
Through previous contact with Keim Mineral Paints, Jeremy Milln, an expert on building archaeology and conservation, recommended Keim paints for the decoration of the lettering, as an alternative to a lead oxide, to give a vibrant, colourfast finish which will last for many years.