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Milestone in front of Ruby Terrace, Porkellis

A Grade II Listed Building in Wendron, Cornwall

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.1563 / 50°9'22"N

Longitude: -5.2288 / 5°13'43"W

OS Eastings: 169464

OS Northings: 33468

OS Grid: SW694334

Mapcode National: GBR Z3.K9KZ

Mapcode Global: VH12Y.BB3H

Entry Name: Milestone in front of Ruby Terrace, Porkellis

Listing Date: 12 July 2012

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1410384

Location: Wendron, Cornwall, TR13

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Wendron

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Wendron

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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Summary

A milestone, dating from the early-mid-C19.

Description

A milestone, dating from circa mid-C19, a dressed granite monolith. It has a triangular head, and is worn at the edges. It stands circa 0.94m high and circa 0.33m wide. The stone is painted white, and there is an incised inscription to the front, picked out in black paint:
HELSTON
5
CARN
MENELLIS

REDRUTH
5

History

This milestone, and six companion stones (already listed at Grade II), were not part of a turnpike route, but rather served local traffic between mining areas. They were probably erected by the neighbouring parish transport boards, as the inscriptions on the stones differ across the parish boundary. Due to the merging of Wendron Parish and North Helston Parish in 1863, the stones are likely to predate this year, probably being of early-mid-C19 origin. The milestone is marked in its current position on the First Edition Ordnance Survey map published in 1880. These milestones refer to the former mining hamlet of Carn Menellis, later renamed Penmarth.

Reasons for Listing

The milestone in front of Ruby Terrace, Porkellis is listed at Grade II, for the following principal reasons:
* Intactness: it is an intact early-mid-C19 milestone, which remains in its original position;
* Historic Interest: it testifies to the great wave of C19 road improvement, in this case undertaken by parish highway boards. The Porkellis milestone is the only surviving evidence of the former mining hamlet of Carn Menellis.

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