NOTES AND QUERIES.
Round Clapham Common are five stones:
(1) South side, near Rookery Road; (2) South
side almost opposite Cavendish Road;
(3) bottom of High Street; (4) -North side,
opposite Victoria Street; (5) front garden in
Cavendish Road (1743); see ' Just Beyond
London • (G. S. Maxwell), 1927, p. 150.
Set into the wall of Lloyd's Bank, 195,
Edgware Road, corner of Star Street, is an
old stone marking " half a mile from Tyburn
Charles Knight's essay on ' Suburban
Milestones,' noted by MB. HUMPHREYS, is reprinted as ' Jedediah goues in Search of
London. A Mile Post Mystery,' in John o'
London's ' London Stories,' ii., pp. 127-132. A
Trinity Hall stone (1731) is illustrated in the
Amateur Photographer, lxvii. (1929), 365.
Milestones are discussed at 10 S. i. 7,
132-133, Elizabethan miles at 8 S. vii. 208,
272, the English mile at 9 S. iv. 497, and v.,
133. See also ' The Old English Mile '
(Sir Charles Close) in Geographical Journal,
vol. lxxvi. (1930), pp. 338-348, with " Further
Notes " (J B. P. Karslake), vol. lxxvii.
(1931), pp. 358-360.
" Milestone'' exists as a surname, and
there is a Milestone Hotel at 1, Kensington
In this very readable article MB. A. L.
quotes (without naming author)
the verse: "Six miles from Shakespeare's
town . . . "
pillar, with heraldic arms and mottoes on
all four sides, stands nigh the home of the
writer, the late Evelyn Philip Shirley, of
Ettington Park (1812-82), archaeologist, genealogist and historian. He figured as Mr.
Ardenne in D'Israeli's ' Lothair.'
In connection with this poetical milestone,
one cannot definitely state that " Shakespeare
walked to London on this road," because
there is no known evidence how he travelled
thither. He might have used the alternative
route via Banbury and Bicester. He may
have employed a horse for the journey, or
take; n a seat in the cumbrous, but cheap,
weekly goods wagon.
A milestone which left the most humorous
impression upon my mind w.as one I found at
the port of Zanzibar, which solemnly informs
onlookers that it is " 8,049 miles to London."
As Zanzibar is an island, the distance named
is, presumably, in nautical miles.
DENGUINS (clxxvii. 9; clxxviii. 191). —
•*• In his engaging account on Penguins,
MR. A. G. BENNETT says " These birds must
suffer considerably, for no sooner are they in
their nesting-holes than they are swarming
with parasites." This remark recalls the fact
that the flea (Ceratophyllus styx) of the sandmartin develops in the nest all ready to jump
on to its host when the latter returns from
the South. It may be of interest to note that
the late Lord Charles Rothschild, who had a
wonderful collection of fleas at Tring, wrote
to Sir Ernest Shackleton (6 Nov., 1907) requesting him to get specimens of penguins'
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B. records in the Gentleman's Magazine
(Vol. lxxvii., 1807, p. 536) that
on the declivity of Shooter's Hill is a milestone
from which the next milestone (on the London
Road) may be seen, I do not remember where,
but I have met with the same circumstance in
another part of the country.
At the end of College Road, Dulwich, is a
signpost, and beneath it an aged milestone
15, Bristol Road, Brighton.
WINDOWS OVER FIREPLACE (clxxviii.
" 9, 49, 87, 103, 123, 179).—Dolcorsllwyn.
Hall, near Machynlleth, Montgomeryshire,
has such a window in the dining-room, which
overlooks the beautiful Dovey river.
P. D. M.
82, 179).—I may be allowed to remind
ME. J. ABDAGH of Thackeray's illustrations
to ' The Loving Ballad of Lord Bateman,'
published in Harper's Magazine, December,
1892 (European Edition, Vol. xxv.), with a
comment by Anne Thackeray Ritchie. I possess photographic reproductions of Thackeray's original drawings made around the
poem cut from the Catnach Broadside
(B.M. Pressmark 11621, K. 7 (22)) given by
Mrs. Ritchie to Charles Plumtre Johnson in
1892-3, and by him to me in 1933. Also
photostats of the pages in Harper which give