Ever since I started taking therapeutic walks around Blofield Heath - nearly ten years, now - I've been puzzled by a curious stone post by the side of Woodbastwick Road. It's obviously pretty old, is carved from a honey-coloured limestone and bears a 'benchmark': its most curious feature, however, is the remains of a rusty hinge pintle. This faces outward into the road and seems once to have supported a gate or barrier. The post seems too old to have been erected during WW2: could there once have been a toll route through here? I do know that cattle drovers used to pass through the village, watering their herds at the pond.