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    Question Strange metal sign UK

    Hi ,
    While out walking near some woods hidden under some old trees I found this metal sign. I posted it on here in the hope that someone can tell me what it is . I have googled and found nothing. I'm curious as to what it is. It is metal I have no idea of age. It's on a walkway but not a public walkway. Can anyone tell me what it is please. It is in England .
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    I can't read it very well, but it might be a survey marker.
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    You'll have to post a better picture or tell us what the letters are.

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    (Top line unreadable)
    E.H.T PILOTS
    ROUTE MARKER
    Route (?) Section No. 8
    140 ? ? ? 2 Ft. Deep
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    Odd that a UK sign would say 2 foot deep
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    Quote Originally Posted by vhs07 View Post
    Odd that a UK sign would say 2 foot deep
    Not unusual. The British didn't officially adopt the metric system until 1965.

    I believe the USA is the only industrialized nation still using the old British Imperial system.
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    Not just "Industrialized". Even the non-industrial countries. Liberia and Myanmar are the only other holdouts besides the USA.
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    Something......pilots route marker.
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    End of top line looks to be N.L.L.

    Maybe a sign to mark the location of a vintage/historical navigational aid.
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    It may have been where a Aircraft Navigation Marker was formerly located. Before the advent of modern electronic navigation, large cement arrows were used to show aircrews where their next point lay. Below is one such marker in the U.S.A. pointing from Salt Lake to L.A.
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    E.H.T. may be "Extra High Tension". It's a marker for old, buried electrical lines.

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    The sign looks to be made of zinc, due to the staining on the posts that it's mounted on.
    The tree has actually grown around the top of the sign, so I'm thinking WWII in date.

    If it's located on Crown Land that is of no real importance, I'd be tempted to head back and save it for posterity... at least that's what I'd do.

    Dave
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    Greetings Lunch Bag and welcome!

    What I believe you have here is a WW2 Pilot's Emergency Route Marker that designates a corridor to be used by extremely damaged aircraft or those not likely to have enough fuel to return to base. These corridors were intended to be kept free of buildings, vehicles, machinery or anything else that could pose an obstacle to an emergency landing. I believe they were set up to be zones where crewmen could "Ditch" armaments, ammunition and anything else that might lighten the aircraft and also a place where you might belly land an aircraft with live bombs on board. The route markers feature a location system with a route and station numbers and probably map co-ordinates. This was for retrieval purposes. There may have even been watchers along the route who were issued com equipment to report incidents.

    The markers on the ground where intended to remind personnel on the ground to keep the pathway clear. If this is a cable burial route you should be able to detect or douse it.

    These markers must be pretty rare as I remember about six months ago they found one in Ireland and I think it was an arrow, and was greatly celebrated.

    Best wishes and good luck!
    Phil

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCMatt View Post
    Not unusual. The British didn't officially adopt the metric system until 1965.

    I believe the USA is the only industrialized nation still using the old British Imperial system.
    I believe it was Pres. Nixon that killed the conversion bill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rook3434 View Post
    I believe it was Pres. Nixon that killed the conversion bill.
    The Metric Conversion Act was signed into law by Gerald Ford in 1975 after a Nixon Administration study concluded that the US should switch. It was abolished in 1982 by the Reagan Administration.
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