Red-post mys­tery

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

IN Dorset, we have red fin­ger­posts dot­ted around the county. There seems to be no logic as to where they are stand­ing or why they dif­fer from the usual white ones. They’re usu­ally set on a tri­an­gle of grass at a junc­tion where two roads meet, yet no one can tell me why they are this colour. Some say they mark the overnight rest­ing place of the dead, be­ing brought for burial at Sher­borne Abbey; oth­ers sug­gest they mark the spot where once gal­lows stood or some ter­ri­ble ac­ci­dent oc­curred. Can any reader help un­ravel this mys­tery? Ju­dith Spel­man, Dorset

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