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HER Number:MDV71818
Name:MILESTONE in the Parish of Sourton


Worn, tombstone-type milestone inscribed 'Okehampton 5 Miles'.


Grid Reference:SX 527 907
Map Sheet:SX59SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishSourton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSOURTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MILESTONE (XVIII to XXI - 1701 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Marked ' M.S. OKEHAMPTON 5' on 1880s 25" OS map.

Jenkinson, T., 2005 - 2009, Old A30 Launceston to Exeter (Report - Survey). SDV323480.

Milestone situated on grass verge on north side of road, about 50m north east of Beatdown. It is a worn, tombstone-type marker dating from c1760. The inscription reads ' Okehampton 5 Miles'. The old A30 retains a surprisingly good number of milestones set up at various times by the three Turnpike Trusts that managed it. The first six miles of the old A30 in Devon as far as Combebow came under the remit of the Launceston Trust. The road then passed to the Okehampton Trust who managed a lengthy stretch as far as Crockernwell where it became the responsibility of the Exeter Trust. The style of milestones for the three Turnpikes are quite different and range from the tall, distinctive gable-ended Launceston marker, to the characteristic large Okehampton tombstone and the smaller Exeter version.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV323480Report - Survey: Jenkinson, T.. 2005 - 2009. Old A30 Launceston to Exeter. Devon Milestone Survey. A4 Stapled.
SDV848Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880s. Ordnance Survey. 25".

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV2733 - Milestone Survey from Launceston to Exeter

Date Last Edited:Sep 30 2015 5:07PM