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Milestone at SW 41682 34555, 110m north-east of Bosullow

A Grade II Listed Building in Madron, Cornwall

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.1546 / 50°9'16"N

Longitude: -5.6177 / 5°37'3"W

OS Eastings: 141683

OS Northings: 34555

OS Grid: SW416345

Mapcode National: GBR DXH8.RKN

Mapcode Global: VH058.LC0S

Entry Name: Milestone at SW 41682 34555, 110m north-east of Bosullow

Listing Date: 16 January 2012

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1406892

Location: Madron, Cornwall, TR20

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Madron

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Madron

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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Summary

A milestone, probably of early C18 date.

Description

A dressed granite milestone which stands within an area of open moorland on the north side of the road. It is rectangular in plan with a rounded top and is approximately 0.7m high. The front (south) face has a rectangular recessed panel which carries the number 3 in bas relief. The stone itself is painted white with the number picked out in black; it also has an inscribed benchmark.

History

In the period before the turnpike trusts were set up from the middle of the C18, the roads in Cornwall were poor and were indeed little more than bridleways capable of carrying carts and coaches occasionally. Despite this, a small number of these routes were marked by milestones, including the road between Morvah on the north coast and Madron to the north of Penzance. This road is depicted both on Thomas Martyn's map of 1748 and on Greenwood's county map of 1827. Although the route was not a turnpike, it was important for connecting the mines on the north coast to the harbour at Penzance, the stannary town for West Cornwall. The first edition Ordnance Survey map of 1880 shows four milestones along the course of the road; although only two remain in situ. The milestone approximately 110m to the north-east of the hamlet of Bosullow marks the distance to Madron and probably dates from the early C18.

Reasons for Listing


The milestone 110m north-east of Bosullow which was erected in the early C18 is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Intactness: an intact early-C18 milestone which remains in its original position;
* Historic Interest: a pre-turnpike example that is situated on a important route between the mines on the north coast and Penzance harbour.

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