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HER Number:MDV39713
Name:Milestone south of Higher Preston Cross, 3 miles from Newton Abbot


19th century inscribed milestone on the east side of the B3193 road to the east of Preston.


Grid Reference:SX 859 748
Map Sheet:SX87SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishKingsteignton
Ecclesiastical ParishKINGSTEIGNTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX87SE/296
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 85365

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 on 1880s-1890s 25 inch Ordnance Survey map, 'Chudleigh 3/Newton Abbot 3' circa 143 metres north of its current location, on route of old road. The milestone was presumably moved when the new section of road was built.

Reed, S. J. + Turton, S. D., 2001, Archaeological Assessment of Bovey Basin Mineral Site. Part 1 Overview, 20, 25 (Report - Assessment). SDV336226.

Other details: Figure 5, site 74; figure 6, site 43.

Jenkinson, T., 2003 - 2010, Totnes to Chudleigh A381/B3193 (Report - Survey). SDV347804.

Site visit 15th November 2003. Milestone on B3193 circa 150 metres south-east of driveway to Preston manor clay works on south side of road high on grass bank above ditch. Inscribed 'To/Chud/Leigh/3/Miles/To/Exon/13' on the left hand face and 'To/Newton/3/Miles/To/Totnes/11' on the right. The stone is leaning to one side and has partly sunk into the bank. It is chipped and discoloured by clay and pollution. At risk of neglect and overgrowth of vegetation. One of number of sturdy granite milestones erected by the Totnes and Bridgetown Pomeroy Turnpike Trust circa 1824-1832.

Exeter Archaeology, 2007, Archaeological Assessment of Southacre and John Acres Lane/ Whitepit Operational Areas (Bovey Basin ROMP), 2 & 7 (Report - Assessment). SDV339561.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

Department of Environment, 28/04/1987, Kingsteignton, 72 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV289967.

Milestone. Probably 1824, the date of the turnpike between Bellamarsh and Newcross. Granite post with a rounded top, dressed on 2 sides. 1 side is inscribed "To Chudleigh 3 miles to Exon 13"; the other "To Newton 3 miles to Totnes 11". Particularly attractive lettering, most of the inscription lower case with pronounced serifs.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV289967List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 28/04/1987. Kingsteignton. Historic Houses Register. A4 Bound. 72.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336226Report - Assessment: Reed, S. J. + Turton, S. D.. 2001. Archaeological Assessment of Bovey Basin Mineral Site. Part 1 Overview. Exeter Archaeology Report. 01.80. A4 Stapled + Digital. 20, 25.
SDV339561Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 2007. Archaeological Assessment of Southacre and John Acres Lane/ Whitepit Operational Areas (Bovey Basin ROMP). Exeter Archaeology Report. 07.37. A4 Stapled + Digital. 2 & 7.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #23376 ]
SDV347804Report - Survey: Jenkinson, T.. 2003 - 2010. Totnes to Chudleigh A381/B3193. Devon Milestone Survey. A4 Stapled.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4322 - Southacre and John Acres Lane/Whitepit
  • EDV4912 - Archaeological Assessment of Bovey Basin Mineral Site
  • EDV5272 - Milestone Survey from Totnes to Chudleigh

Date Last Edited:Jan 13 2021 9:16AM