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Milestone at Connor Downs

A Grade II Listed Building in Gwinear-Gwithian, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.2038 / 50°12'13"N

Longitude: -5.375 / 5°22'29"W

OS Eastings: 159262

OS Northings: 39200

OS Grid: SW592392

Mapcode National: GBR FX34.NR2

Mapcode Global: VH12N.S4BM

Entry Name: Milestone at Connor Downs

Listing Date: 23 April 2012

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1409024

Location: Gwinear-Gwithian, Cornwall, TR27

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Gwinear-Gwithian

Built-Up Area: Connor Downs

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Phillack

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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A milestone, dating from circa 1839.


A milestone, dating from circa 1839. It is triangular in plan and set on a rectangular base, with broach stops to the corners. The milestone stands approximately 0.83m high, and is painted white. The stone is inscribed to the left face with the letters HAYLE / 2 MILES / PENZANCE / 10 / LANDS END / 20, and to the right face CAMBORNE / 4 MILES / REDRUTH / 7 / TRURO / 16 which are picked out in black paint. The base of the stone is painted black.


The old road from Camborne to Hayle crossed a series of high ridges and deep valleys, via Merry Meeting, Angarrack and High Lanes, the route partly dictated by the necessity of crossing the River Hayle. In 1825, the new Hayle Causeway was opened, providing a safer and easier crossing; however, it took some time before the roads to the causeway were upgraded: an Act passed on 14 May 1839 and toll gates were advertised for letting the following year. The turnpike trust built a road on a completely new alignment from Foundry Square in Hayle to the eastern end of Connor Downs, a settlement which only exists thanks to the new road. This milestone is situated on Turnpike Road, close to the Turnpike Inn, and was installed circa 1839. It is marked in its present location on the First Edition Ordnance Survey map published in 1880.

Reasons for Listing

The milestone at Connor Downs is designated at Grade II, for the following principal reasons:
* Intactness: it is an intact milestone dating from 1839, which remains in its original position;
* Group value: it has group value with the other listed milestones along this former turnpike route;
* Historic interest: it testifies to the great wave of C18 and C19 road improvement, undertaken by Turnpike Trusts.

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