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HER Number:MDV4066
Name:Milestone, Chollacott


Milestone on the east side of Whitchurch Road, to the south of the junction with Chollacott Lane. This was formerly the main road from Tavistock to Plymouth. Unique in that it shows the distance from Plymouth Docks and is also thought to have served as a parole stone for French prisoners in Tavistock.


Grid Reference:SX 485 730
Map Sheet:SX47SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTavistock
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX47SE/26

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MILESTONE (Unknown date)

Full description

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

'M.S. Tavistock 1 Plymouth 13' marked.

Masson Phillips, E. N., 1943, Notes on Some Old Roadside Stones in South West Devon, 151; plate 22, figure 12 (Article in Serial). SDV148816.

Milestone, near Chollacott. This stone, the first on the old road which leaves Tavistock by the Abbey Bridge and runs to Yelverton via Whitchurch and Horrabridge, is built into the hedge which bounds the road on the north side and is situated near the entrance to Chollacott. It bears the following incised description: MILES | FROM |TAVK I | PLYMo & | Dock | XIII.

Ordnance Survey, 1963 - 1996, National Grid OS metric (Cartographic). SDV342278.

'MS' marked.

Jenkinson, T., 2007, Miscellaneous Milestones and Boundary Markers of Dartmoor Roads, 26/05/2006 (Report - Survey). SDV361800.

Thought to be a parole stone. The worn marker is half covered in ivy and is very close to road edge at risk of both impact and overgrowth of vegetation.
This stone is unique in that it shows a distance to Plymouth Docks and is thought to be a Napoleonic Parole Stone marking the boundary (1 mile) for French Prisoners out of Tavistock. The stone is easily overlooked and given its rarity would benefit from clearing of vegetation as ivy is encroaching it (June 2007).

Context One Archaeological Services, 2009, 142-152 Plymouth Road, Tavistock, Devon: An Archaeological Watching Brief, 3; figure 1, site 8 (Report - Watching Brief). SDV344587.

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

'MS' marked on east side of Whitchurch Road to the south of the junction with Chollacott Lane.

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. 151; plate 22, figure 12.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV342278Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1963 - 1996. National Grid OS metric. National Grid OS metric. Digital.
SDV344587Report - Watching Brief: Context One Archaeological Services. 2009. 142-152 Plymouth Road, Tavistock, Devon: An Archaeological Watching Brief. Context One Archaeological Services Report. COAS/WBF/09/PRD. A4 Stapled + Digital. 3; figure 1, site 8.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #90876 ]
SDV361800Report - Survey: Jenkinson, T.. 2007. Miscellaneous Milestones and Boundary Markers of Dartmoor Roads. Milestone Society. Digital. 26/05/2006.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4694 - Archaeological Watching Brief at 142-152 Plymouth Road, Tavistock, Devon
  • EDV7612 - Miscellaneous Milestone and Boundary Markers of Dartmoor Roads

Date Last Edited:Oct 5 2018 2:36PM