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HER Number:MDV34070
Name:Milestone, 7 miles from Barnstaple, Bideford


Granite milestone on north side of road, north east of entrance to Pillhead House. Inscribed '7 BARUM 1 1/4 BIDEFORD'.


Grid Reference:SS 474 271
Map Sheet:SS42NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBideford
Ecclesiastical ParishBIDEFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS42NE/161
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MILESTONE (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Milestone marked 'Barnstaple 7 M.S' on 1880s-1890s 25 inch Ordnance Survey map, on north side of road between 'Wearland' and turning to 'Pillhead House'. Also marked on 1903 6 inch map and as 'Barnstaple 7 Bideford 1 1/4 MS' on 1963 6 inch map.

Ordnance Survey, 1938, 19NE. Revision of 1903 with additions in 1938. Provisional Edition (Cartographic). SDV335684.

Ordnance Survey, 1963, SS42NE (Cartographic). SDV337852.

Department of Environment, 1993, Bideford (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV6992.

Milestone approx 220m north east of entrance to Pillhead House. Probably early 19th century. Short, round-headed block of granite with incised inscription: 7 BARUM 1 1/4 BIDEFORD. The stone also carries a benchmark. Other details: LBS 375914.

Jenkinson, T., 2007, Barnstaple to Bideford (Unclassified via Holmacott and Eastleigh) (Report - Survey). SDV337849.

Milestone, inscribed '7 BARUM BIDEFORD ?'. Part sunk in ground and mileage to Bideford not visible but should read '2'. Located about 30m west of bound stone on small bridge in Old Barnstaple Road, in bank under hedge on north side of road. White paint residues in letters and number. OS benchmark on face. Moss covered and at risk of loss in vegetation in summer. This road is the earliest route between Barnstaple and Bideford and is studded with small squat milestones characteristic of the Barnstaple Turnpike and inscribed with distances to Barnstaple which is identified by the Medieval Latin name of 'Barum'. The milestones were set up in 1879 to commemorate the closure of the Turnpike Trust. Other details: Surveyed 20/10/2006.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV335684Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1938. 19NE. Revision of 1903 with additions in 1938. Provisional Edition. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV337849Report - Survey: Jenkinson, T.. 2007. Barnstaple to Bideford (Unclassified via Holmacott and Eastleigh). Devon Milestone Survey. A4 Stapled.
SDV337852Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1963. SS42NE. Ordnance Survey 6 inch map. Map (Paper).
SDV6992List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1993. Bideford. Historic Houses Register. A4 Comb Bound.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 26 2007 2:53PM