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HER Number:MDV3247
Name:Milestone north of Lower Beardon


A late 18th century milestone to the north of Lower Bearden. It is a granite slab circa 4 feet high with a rounded top. Scheduled. Tall milestone resembling a cross inscribed 'From Tavistock 7 miles Okehampton 8 Truro 57'.


Grid Reference:SX 518 843
Map Sheet:SX58SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishLydford
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishPETER TAVY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX58SW40
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 440754
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58SW/52
  • Old SAM County Ref: 423
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX58SW40

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MILESTONE (XVIII to Early 20th Century - 1701 AD (Between) to 1901 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, SX58SW40 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV215077.

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map, 88SW (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Masson Phillips, E. N., 1943, Notes on Some Old Roadside Stones in South West Devon, 150 (Article in Serial). SDV148816.

Curiously shaped milestone, resembling a cross with short wide arms. Stands on the western side of the road near Beardon, where a lane turns off to Lydford. It bears an incised description.

Ancient Monuments, 1959, Schedule (Schedule Document). SDV215073.

Milestone beside disused section of the Tavistock-Okehampton road. Probably late 18th century. A granite slab about 1.219 meters high shaped with a rounded top and projecting sides reading 'From Tavistock 7 miles, Okehampton 8, Truro 57'.

Ordnance Survey, 1963-1996, 1963-1996 National Grid OS Metric, SX58SW (Cartographic). SDV350058.

Minchinton, W. E., 1976, Industrial Archaeology in Devon, 5 (Monograph). SDV7016.

Weston, S., 1983, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1983 (Un-published). SDV343247.

DoE Field Monument Warden visit in 1982.

Jenkinson, T., 2005 - 2008, A386 Tavistock to Okehampton (Report - Survey). SDV323813.

(15/08/2003) Fine, tall milestone, 100cm high, likened to a rudimentary cross. Dates from c1817. The route of the A386 was jointly managed by the Tavistock and Okehampton Turnpike Trusts, the changeover taking place near the Dartmoor Inn at Lydford. The Tavistock Trust opted for grandiose markers that showed distances as far afield as Truro on their faces. The Okehampton stones are generally in poor condition and several have now gone.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV148816Article in Serial: Masson Phillips, E. N.. 1943. Notes on Some Old Roadside Stones in South West Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 75. A5 Hardback. 150.
SDV215073Schedule Document: Ancient Monuments. 1959. Schedule. The Schedule of Monuments. Typescript.
SDV215077Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. SX58SW40. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV323813Report - Survey: Jenkinson, T.. 2005 - 2008. A386 Tavistock to Okehampton. Devon Milestone Survey. A4 Stapled.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). 88SW.
SDV343247Un-published: Weston, S.. 1983. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1983. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Unknown.
SDV350058Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1963-1996. 1963-1996 National Grid OS Metric. Digital Mapping. Digital. SX58SW.
SDV7016Monograph: Minchinton, W. E.. 1976. Industrial Archaeology in Devon. Industrial Archaeology in Devon. Paperback Volume. 5.

Associated Monuments

MDV72012Related to: Beardon Farm, Stone (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV5437 - Milestone Survey from Tavistock to Okehampton

Date Last Edited:May 16 2023 12:03PM