Coal posts in south Hertfordshire
Is this a coal post? Set at the edge of a drive way on the north side of Cucumber Lane off the bend near the golf course this tall black metal post does not carry any markings to do with the Acts of Parliament under which the posts were set up but it does carry the City of London crest as do the others.
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.
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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Coal posts type B: These posts are large cast iron pyramids set on a square base. They are about 5' to 5' 6 high with, on one side, the arms of the City of London and details of the Act under which they were erected.Many bear the inscription "ACT 24 & 25 VICT. CAP 42" on a metal plate which is fixed to each face.
The ACT 24 & 25 means the posts were set up following the Act of Parliament in the 24th and 25th year of the reign of Queen Victoria and the Cap 42 refers to chapter 42 of that Act.