Gloucestershire man leaves signpost legacy

The public paths around Cheltenham in Gloucestershire continue to be well marked, thanks to the farsightedness of Cheltenham benefactor Herbert Lucas Bradbury.

Mr Bradbury died in 1959 leaving £1,500 on trust for erecting and maintaining signposts

Mr Bradbury died in 1959 leaving £1,500 on trust for erecting and maintaining signposts

Mr Bradbury died in 1959 leaving £1,500 on trust for erecting and maintaining signposts on public paths within a six-mile radius of Cheltenham Post Office.

The fund, known as the Bradbury Bequest, is administered by the Open Spaces Society.

The Gloucestershire Ramblers have arranged for the signposts to be erected.

Doug Houston, footpath secretary of the Ramblers’ Mid Glos Group said: “Last autumn the county council’s public rights of way department erected 12 signs for us, showing destination and distance clearly marked.

Mr Houston added: “We are grateful that the original bequest from a local businessman back in 1959 is still providing useful guidance for all walkers in our area”.

The Open Spaces Society, formally the Commons, Open Spaces and Footpaths Preservation Society was founded in 1865 and is Britain’s oldest national conservation body.

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