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Finger post

A Grade II Listed Building in Valley, North Tyneside

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.0402 / 55°2'24"N

Longitude: -1.5049 / 1°30'17"W

OS Eastings: 431739

OS Northings: 571856

OS Grid: NZ317718

Mapcode National: GBR KBX5.Z0

Mapcode Global: WHC3D.VKKY

Entry Name: Finger post

Listing Date: 10 September 2012

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1408200

Location: North Tyneside, NE27

County: North Tyneside

Electoral Ward/Division: Valley

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Tynemouth

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Tyne and Wear

Church of England Parish: Shiremoor St Mark

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle

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Summary

Guidepost. Later C19/early C20. Manufactured by Smith, Patterson & Co, Blaydon.

Description

Finger post, later C19/early C20. Manufactured by Smith, Patterson & Co, Blaydon.
Cast-Iron cylindrical post with three fingers and a triangular finial. Fingers have chamfered corners and black raised lettering. One finger points south west listing Shire Moor ½ mile, Benton 3 ½ , Newcastle 7 ¼; the second points north east and lists Earsden ½ , Hartley 3, Blyth 7 and third finger points south listing New York 1½ , North Shields 3 ¾ .

History

This finger post is believed to date from the later C19 or early C20, and to predate the widespread adoption of the motor car. It was manufactured by the firm of Smith, Patterson & Co at their Pioneer Foundry in Blaydon-on-Tyne, which operated from 1870 until 1954. A number of mile posts and some guide posts produced by the company are already included on the statutory list. It is first clearly identified on early Ordnance Survey maps in 1920 and predates the 1930 memorandum on direction posts issued by the Ministry of Transport specifying that the fingers should have square ends.

Reasons for Listing

This cast-iron fingerpost of later C19 or early C20 date by Smith, Patterson & Co, is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Design: It is an attractive example of a later C19/early C20 cast-iron finger post with three ‘fingers’ and a finial.
* Rarity: a now rare example of a once ubiquitous form of street furniture, many of which were removed during the Second World War anti-invasion preparations.
* Historic importance: an important part of the history of road transport in England.
* Manufacturer: it was produced from the Newcastle-based Pioneer Foundry, a major guide and mile post manufacturer of the later C19 and early C20.

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