Boundary Markers of the Clerkenwell Estate in Great Malvern, Worcestershire

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Boundary Markers of the Clerkenwell Estate in Great Malvern, Worcestershire
Booklet published privately by the author in 2012, 46 pages. A5 size booklet (N6113)

From the introduction: One day, walking my dog alongside the Worcester-Hereford railway line, in a field then known as Pear Tree Meadow, I discovered a cast-iron standing marker, not unlike a gravestone in shape. One face carried lettering which spelt out the name Clerkenwell and the date 1863. Below this it bore the names of Thomas Partridge and Thomas Arnett, Churchwardens of the Parish Church of St. James, Clerkenwell, London. Why, I asked myself, should such an unusual iron post be sitting in the middle of a Malvern field grazed by cattle in 1997?

Searches in Malvern Library yielded only a picture and short passage on the post, its purpose and origin, in a book by Pamela Hurle and John Winsor. My appetite whetted, I went forward with renewed enthusiasm. I found another post with similar inscription but of a different shape and, searching the brambles and ditches, found in the next few years ten marker posts - all with different dates and mostly with the names of different churchwardens. I plotted them on maps of 1656 and 1744, noting that they were on the boundaries of the old Cockshute (or Cockshot) estate. I then discovered that the outline of that estate coincided with the boundaries of the Clerkenwell Estate marked on an 1854 map owned by the Malvern Hills Conservators.

I would like to thank Norman Rosser, who had also done some research on the markers and encouraged my efforts. By now I had also learned that there were 25 such posts and was keen to find the rest of them - a project complicated by the fact that many of the markers are on private land and not readily accessible to the public.


The condition of the booklet is generally good. The covers have one or two minor scuffs, but the staple spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover
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