Milestone of later C18 date on the Newcastle to Tynemouth Turnpike Road.
Reason for Listing
The milestone on Tynemouth Road, North Shields of later C18 date, is recommended for listing at Grade II for the following principal reasons: * Intactness: it survives intact in its original position with a legible inscription; * Historical interest: it testifies to the development of the road transport network through the turnpike system; * Group value: it benefits from group value with the other listed milestone on this turnpike route (NHLE 1025327).
The milestone was erected on the Newcastle to North Shields and Tynemouth Turnpike Road. Although no date for the opening of the toll road is available, it is considered to have been open by at least 1776. The milestone is clearly marked on an 1826 plan of Newcastle and described as ‘8’ milestone. This was an important route until it was superseded by the Newcastle to Shields Railway in 1839. This milestone is one of only two remaining on the route, the other being the ‘6’ milestone which is listed at Grade II (1025327).
Milestone of later C18 date on the Newcastle to Tynemouth Turnpike Road.A rectangular milestone tapering towards the ground and standing about 0.5m high, is set to the rear of a later, low stone wall on the Newcastle to Tynemouth Turnpike Road. The milestone is round-headed and its front face is inscribed with a large figure ‘8’ denoting its position eight miles from Newcastle.
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