Co-incidentally (or not) in the same year the rather rural sounding Sweetbriar Lane was changed to become Victoria Street from the Town Hall to the city boundary, which since 1835, had been set at Lattimore Road from its previous limit near Marlborough Road. No markers exist to show where these limits were.
|1879 boundary post at Bluehouse Hill.|
|1913 post in Sandpit Lane:|
date label not quite level
|1913 post at Hill End Lane|
A much smaller boundary extension took place in 1935 but no dated boundary posts were produced.
The responsibility for looking after the markers rests with the local authority, but inevitably they end up being treated like lamp posts, road signs and other items of street furniture in being neglected. The boundary posts are also prone to being hidden in undergrowth and shrubs, including ivy. If the city was proud of them and their function when first installed, perhaps we should all feel a little bit proud of them today. Maybe the council will permit volunteers to renew the paintwork with approved products and colours. Just a suggestion.