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Milestone situated on the southern side of the B3293, set into a gap in the forecourt wall of 32 West End, Redruth

A Grade II Listed Building in Redruth, Cornwall

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.2321 / 50°13'55"N

Longitude: -5.2331 / 5°13'58"W

OS Eastings: 169524

OS Northings: 41899

OS Grid: SW695418

Mapcode National: GBR Z3.DGFR

Mapcode Global: VH12K.7FVF

Entry Name: Milestone situated on the southern side of the B3293, set into a gap in the forecourt wall of 32 West End, Redruth

Listing Date: 9 July 2012

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1409467

Location: Redruth, Cornwall, TR15

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Redruth

Built-Up Area: Redruth

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Redruth

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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Summary

Milestone of mid-C19 date

Description

A dressed and painted granite milestone on the south side of the B3293, set within a gap in the forecourt wall of No.32, West End, Redruth. The base is square with pyramidal stops to a triangular shaft with a pyramidal cap. The faces of the shaft have recessed rectangular panels, the west panel carries the inscription TRURO / 9 and the east panel is inscribed CAMBORNE / 3 / PENZANCE / 17. The recessed panels are a consequence of reworking by the turnpike trust and this milestone is one of two treated in this manner. The square base is painted black, while the triangular shaft is painted white and the inscribed letters are picked out in black.

History


The opening of the Hayle Causeway in 1825 brought about a desire to develop a new turnpike to link Redruth with Hayle to improve transport and trading opportunities for the mines in the area. An Act (“Vc.12) enabling the construction of a turnpike along the route was passed on 14th May 1839. Carved granite milestones were erected along the turnpike from Redruth, through Camborne to the Hayle Causeway, and thence to Penzance along the current route of the A30. All of these milestones were of a similar size and style, with lettering cut flush into the face of the stone. Over the years, these stones suffered some attritional damage requiring the turnpike trust to re-inscribe the lettering. Two milestones, including this stone, have needed recessed panels to be cut into the faces to allow a degree of protection to new larger inscriptions; the other example is situated two miles to the west of this example on the south side of Trevenson Road (A3047), Pool, Carn Brea (NGR SW 66391 41305).

Reasons for Listing

The milestone situated on the southern side of the B3293, set into a gap in the forecourt wall of 32 West End, Redruth is designated at Grade II for the following reasons:

* Intactness: as an intact milestone associated with the Redruth to Hayle turnpike (1839) which remains in its original position;
* Historic Interest: the milestone was erected when there was an increase in freight traffic associated with the growing mining industry in this area;
* Group Value: it forms a group with other surviving milestones along the Redruth to Hayle turnpike.

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