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HER Number:MDV37261
Name:MILESTONE in the Parish of Ilsington


Inscribed 19C milestone of the Ashburton & Totnes Turnpike Trust to the southwest of the Welcome Strangers Inn


Grid Reference:SX 806 735
Map Sheet:SX87SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishIlsington
Ecclesiastical ParishILSINGTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX87SW/171
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880s, Ordnance Survey (Cartographic). SDV848.

Milestone shown on OS 25" (1880s & 1905) maps on the south side of the road & labelled 'M.S. Ashburton 4'. Other details: Also on OS 25" (1905) map.

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1938, 109NW (Cartographic). SDV282010.

Ordnance Survey, 1964, Untitled Source (Cartographic). SDV339898.

Department of Environment, 1986, Ilsington, 54 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV302008.

Milestone on south east side of the old A38, about 40m north east of Saddlecombe (formerly Holbrook) farm gate. Milestone. Early or mid 19C. Stone, (a hard stone, probably not granite or limestone). Oblong-section stone with rounded top, the latter slightly chamfered on the front edge; both top and sides have horizontal tooling. Inscription carved on front face, badly chipped in 1984, reads: 'From (A)sh(bu)rton IV Miles'.

Jenkinson, T., 2005 - 2011, B3416/B3212/B3344/Old A38 Exeter to Plymouth (Report - Survey). SDV322256.

Site visit 3rd April 2005. Milestone beside a low white painted fence on the south side of the road circa 300 metres south-west of the Welcome Stranger Inn. The worn limestone marker of the Ashburton Totnes Turnpike Trust from the 1820s is inscribed 'From/?sh/Burton/IV/Miles'. A large chunk is missing from the top left hand edge and the paint has faded.
This important stretch of road between Exeter and Plymouth was much improved in the 1820s as a result of recommendations from Civil Engineer James Green with new sections cut to by pass South Brent and Buckfastleigh. The old A38 retains a variety of interesting markers ranging from the original limestone ones favoured by the Totnes and Ashburton Turnpike to the cast iron mileposts of the Plymouth Eastern Trust.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV282010Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1938. 109NW. 6".
SDV302008List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1986. Ilsington. Historic Houses Register. 54.
SDV322256Report - Survey: Jenkinson, T.. 2005 - 2011. B3416/B3212/B3344/Old A38 Exeter to Plymouth. Devon Milestone Survey. A4 Stapled.
SDV339898Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1964. Ordnance Survey 6 inch map. Map (Paper).
SDV848Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880s. Ordnance Survey. 25".

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV2155 - Exeter to Plymouth Milestone Survey

Date Last Edited:Sep 30 2015 5:07PM