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HER Number:MDV71620
Name:County Stone circa 80 metres east of Old Bow Bridge, Bickington


19th century inscribed County stone.


Grid Reference:SX 795 724
Map Sheet:SX77SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBickington
Ecclesiastical ParishBICKINGTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 85232

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

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

Site of stone shown but not labelled on OS 25" (1880s) map c100m to the northeast of Old Bow Bridge on the south side of the road. The stone is labelled 'Stone' on OS 25" (1905) map. Other details: Also on OS 25" (1905) map.

Jenkinson, T., 2005, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV347730.

The County stones were set up to mark the limits of the county bridge builders circa 100 yards to either side of the bridge. The bridges were either built or altered from the 15th century onwards to accommodate the growing number of horse drawn carriages.

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

Site visit 8th February 2004. Light coloured boundary stone in Love Lane leaning against the wall outside the cottage circa 80 metres east of Old Bow Bridge in Bickington. The stone is inscribed 'C' standing for County. The stone in Love Lane dates from the circa 1820s.

English Heritage, 2011, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV347072.

County Boundary Stone against garden wall of Love Lane Cottage about 60 centimetres north-east of cottage gate. Boundary stone delimiting the length of the approach road to Old Bow Bridge that the county was obliged to maintain. Early 19th century. Granite. Short oblong-section stone with rounded top. On the front face is carved the letter C. The county's liability extended to the roadway 300 yards on either side of its bridges. Date listed 3rd November 1986.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV322256Report - Survey: Jenkinson, T.. 2005 - 2011. B3416/B3212/B3344/Old A38 Exeter to Plymouth. Devon Milestone Survey. A4 Stapled.
SDV347072National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2011. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV347730Personal Comment: Jenkinson, T.. 2005. Not Applicable.
SDV848Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880s. Ordnance Survey. 25".

Associated Monuments

MDV18076Related to: Bickington, Old Bow Bridge (Building)
MDV52172Related to: STONE in the Parish of Bickington (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV2155 - Exeter to Plymouth Milestone Survey

Date Last Edited:Aug 18 2011 11:23AM