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Milestone at Bridge, on south side of the B3300

A Grade II Listed Building in Portreath, Cornwall

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.2581 / 50°15'29"N

Longitude: -5.2629 / 5°15'46"W

OS Eastings: 167523

OS Northings: 44890

OS Grid: SW675448

Mapcode National: GBR Z2.0SP1

Mapcode Global: VH12B.QRKZ

Entry Name: Milestone at Bridge, on south side of the B3300

Listing Date: 23 April 2012

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1409062

Location: Portreath, Cornwall, TR16

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Portreath

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Saint Illogan

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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Summary

Granite milestone, thought to date from 1890, on the B3300 between Redruth and Portreath.

Description

Milestone, thought to date from 1890, forming part of a series of three marking the distance between Redruth and Portreath on the B3300.

The milestone is made of granite and is triangular on plan, with a pyramidal top. It stands on a rectangular base, with pyramid stops to the base of each face. The milestone is painted white with the inscriptions picked out in black. The inscription on the eastern face of the milestone reads 'PORTREATH / 1. MILE' and the inscription on the western face reads 'REDRUTH / 3. MILES'.

History

The town of Redruth saw significant growth during the C19 through its situation at the heart of a rich site for the mining of tin and copper, and Portreath, on the coast to the north-west, was developed as one of Cornwall's pre-eminent mineral ports. A railway was built between Carn Brea (to the south-west of Redruth) and Portreath in 1837, but there was no rail link between Redruth and Portreath. The New Portreath Road (now the B3300), leading from Redruth to Portreath, was established at some time between 1880 and 1890, offering an alternative to the Old Portreath Road, which took a more southerly route. In 1890 a number of roads were adopted by Cornwall County Council as main roads, the New Portreath Road being one of these. It was a requirement that before adoption as a main road milestones should be put in place, so the three milestones marking the four-mile distance between Redruth and Portreath may have been erected immediately before the handover. All three survive.

Reasons for Listing

The milestone on the B3300 at Mitchell's Garage, Bridge is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historical: the milestone is of note as part of a group of milestones marking a historic route between the mineral centre of Redruth and the port at Portreath
* Intactness: as a complete example of a late-C19 milestone in its original position, triangular in plan, with a clear inscription
* Group Value: with the other two listed milestones in this complete series

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