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• An unnoticed piece of Teddington's Middle Lane history

• An unnoticed piece of Teddington's Middle Lane history

Middle Lane's boundary stone, hundreds of years old

Most of us like to see a good milestone every now and then, especially if (like the one down by the Thames opposite Garrick’s Villa) it charts distances in furlongs!

But here in Teddington, we have one of those marker stones it’s possible to pass a thousand times in the street without ever noticing it. I’ve lived in Teddington for more than 30 years, but it was only a few weeks ago that I spotted it. It’s to be found in Middle Lane, at the junction with Park Road, opposite the Park Hotel.

So, what exactly is it? I consulted Paddy Ching, a noted Teddington Society historian. Well, we agreed, it’s too small and too low to be a milestone – and anyway, she added, in past times Middle Lane led only to farmland (today, it’s a narrow residential street).

Paddy’s conclusion is that this is a boundary post, marking the limit of private land – in this case, that of Clarence House, the lovely private home which was remodelled in 1728 from an earlier house on the site.

However, exactly when the stone was installed is sadly lost in the mists of time – certainly in the 18th century and possibly the 17th. And here it is, today in the 21st century, wearing pretty well and very much a part of Teddington’s history.

Peter Denton

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