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Milestone in Boundary Wall, South Somerset

Description: Milestone in Boundary Wall

Grade: II
Date Listed: 24 January 2014
Building ID: 1417784

OS Grid Reference: ST5468414780
OS Grid Coordinates: 354684, 114780
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9307, -2.6462

Locality: South Somerset
Local Authority: South Somerset District Council
County: Somerset
Postcode: BA20 2LY

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Listing Text


Milestone. Probably C18. It is set within a C20 boundary wall which is excluded from the listing.

Reason for Listing

The milestone within the boundary wall of 31 West Coker Road, Yeovil, probably of C18 date, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

* Intactness: as an intact milestone which remains in its original position;
* Historic Interest: it testifies to the great wave of C18 road improvement;
* Group value: it is part of a well-defined turnpike route between Crewkerne and Yeovil and forms a group with six other surviving milestones on this road.


The first Act of Parliament to establish a turnpike trust in Somerset was in 1707-08 for roads around Bath. Bristol came next in 1731, and during the second half of the century nearly all the towns of Somerset established their trusts by Act of Parliament. The main post road through Yeovil was included in the 1753 Act, turnpiking the road from Lower Compton, to the east of Sherborne, through Chard to Axminster. The Yeovil Turnpike Trust maintained the road between Crewkerne and Yeovil between 1753 and 1849.

The milestone within the boundary wall to 31 West Coker Road is marked on the first edition Ordnance Survey map of 1887 as 'Crewkerne 8, Yeovil 1'. It is one of a set of eight milestones, of which seven are known to survive, which were erected along the principal route (A30) between Crewkerne and Yeovil, possibly in the C18.


Milestone. Probably C18, set within a C20 boundary wall.

MATERIALS: Hamstone with cast-iron plate.

DESCRIPTION: stone upright incorporated into a C20 boundary wall on the south side of West Coker Road. It has a shouldered triangular top; the point is rounded. The north face has an cast-iron plate with a shouldered, curved top and is inscribed: 'I / YEOVIL'.

Pursuant to s. 1 (5A) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 ('the Act') it is declared that the C20 boundary wall is not of special architectural or historic interest.

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