A unique finger post on top of the Mendips has been restored with new fingers signposting visitors to Charterhouse, Shipham and Cheddar and the third and only original remaining finger ‘Road unsuitable for motor traffic’ pointing down the track that leads to the stock car racing circuit at the top of Battscombe Quarry.
As part of project supported by the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Sustainable Development Fund, the Mendip Hills AONB Unit has been restoring the traditional black and white fingerposts dating from the early 1900’s at high profile junctions or crossroads.
Somerset County Council Heritage Services led the work on this particular post with Dorothea Restorations in Bristol, due to the need to restore as much of the original post as possible. As the finger post is of an older style and the only one of its type in the AONB, it was decided not to add the AONB collar.
Since 2012 the AONB has now restored 11 posts on the route from Two Trees at the top of Burrington Combe, to West Horrington via Charterhouse and Priddy and adding a new AONB collar with name of the junction, the grid reference, ‘Mendip Hills’ and AONB logo.
The Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is nationally recognised for its landscape quality. The designation recognises the importance of heritage and reinforces the need to protect and manage historic features.
Restoration of finger posts in other AONBs and National Parks have had a positive impact on tourism, an important part of the local economy, but have also provided an improvement to the environment that has been appreciated by the local community.