Coal posts in south Hertfordshire
The Hawkshead post is at the east side of the rail track in the north-west corner of the golf course (TL 243 028). It appears on the two and a half inch Ordnance Survey Map 1898 as the Duty Stone by what are marked as the Hawkshead sidings.
Hertfordshire's coal posts are dotted around the south of the county, some at road junctions, others buried away in woodland and hedgerows. All are more than 130 years old. A feature on this site explains the history of the posts.
There is one coal post of the obelisk type at Hawkshead. It is one of three examples of the four-sided stone obelisk in south Herts. They were all originally set on a square base. They are 12' to 14' high with, on one side, the arms of the City of London and details of the Act under which it was erected.
All the grid references given below the pictures relate to the Ordnance Survey Landranger Series 1:50,000 scale map for Luton and Hertford (sheet 166).
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