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HER Number:MDV72004
Name:Milestone on road east of Wheal Betsy, Mary Tavy


Milestone on A386 inscribed 'From Tavistock 5 miles Okehampton 10 Truro 55'. Microchipped.


Grid Reference:SX 508 813
Map Sheet:SX58SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishMary Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishMARY TAVY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MILESTONE (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, Untitled Source (Cartographic). SDV54691.

Marked 'OKEHAMPTON 10 TAVISTOCK 5 M.S.' on 180s-90s 25" OS map.

Byng, B., 2005, Dartmoor National Park. Phase 2 Microchip Project. Vulnerable Roadside Artefacts (Un-published). SDV357004.

Microchipped 09/10/2005.

Jenkinson, T., 2005 - 2008, A386 Tavistock to Okehampton (Report - Survey). SDV323813.

Milestone on A386 located about 3/4 mile north of Mary Tavy, between Gibbet Hill and Wheal Betsy. On grass bank above west side of road. Worn, old stone in exposed location. Inscribed 'From Tavistock 5 miles Okehampton 10 Truro 55'. OS benchmark on face. Dates from c1817. The route of the A386 was jointly managed by the Tavistock and Okehampton Turnpike Trusts, the changeover taking place near the Dartmoor Inn at Lydford. The Tavistock Trust opted for grandiose markers that showed distances as far afield as Truro on their faces. The Okehampton stones are generally in poor condition and several have now gone.

Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

Depicted on the modern mapping.

English Heritage, 2014, National Heritage List for England, 1171619 (National Heritage List for England). SDV355683.

MARY TAVY SX 58 SW 1/68 Milestone at SX 508 813 - II
Milestone. Late C18. Granite round-headed block with lettering and benchmark. "From Tavistock 5 Miles Okehampton 10 Truro 55". Turnpike Act, 1760, for roads leading into Okehampton. (Sources: Albert, W.: The Turnpike System in England. 1972).
Listing NGR: SX5087381328

Sources / Further Reading

SDV323813Report - Survey: Jenkinson, T.. 2005 - 2008. A386 Tavistock to Okehampton. Devon Milestone Survey. A4 Stapled.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #47207 ]
SDV355683National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2014. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Website. 1171619.
SDV357004Un-published: Byng, B.. 2005. Dartmoor National Park. Phase 2 Microchip Project. Vulnerable Roadside Artefacts. A4 Ring Bound.
SDV54691Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. 25".

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV2950 - Devon Milestone Survey
  • EDV6557 - Microchip project - vulnerable roadside objects

Date Last Edited:Oct 9 2015 10:49AM