The text on the posts makes reference to the Pasture`s history and the land that surrounds them.
At Pasture Gate the first four posts symbolise a gateway to the Yorkshire Wolds. The spelling "G A I T" refers to the gaits into which the common grazing land was divided before the Pastures became enclosed by fencing. The Gaits were looked after by the Pasture Master and were rented to local farmers, each gait being enough grazing for six sheep of four ewes with lambs.
The route through the Pastures is crossed and inter-crossed with ancient rights of way, many of which were used by Roman legions. A little further on the two posts at Thieves Sty, "I N", turn inwards facing the route of one of the old Roman footpaths, possibly an access route the soldiers would have used to get onto the nearby entrenchment.
The five posts in Millington Dale extend over a distance representing the gradual unfolding of the WOLDS. The posts gradually rise in height and the distance between them incrementally increases. Finely carved into the side of each post, a set of `map contour` lines helps to locate them within their surroundings.
Further carvings add to the individuality of each of the eleven posts: the deeper set lines carved in the oak sides mimic the facing horizon line and place each post specifically in one spot.
" Way Posts are perhaps not what you would expect public art to look like, they attempt to merge almost unnoticed within the landscape and to be a part of it by echoing the land, its use and the history around them. "
Two posts at Thieves Sty
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