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Milestone adjacent to Withington Fire Station

A Grade II Listed Building in Withington, Manchester

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.4318 / 53°25'54"N

Longitude: -2.2285 / 2°13'42"W

OS Eastings: 384915

OS Northings: 392801

OS Grid: SJ849928

Mapcode National: GBR DXWR.BJ

Mapcode Global: WHB9V.R00G

Entry Name: Milestone adjacent to Withington Fire Station

Listing Date: 24 October 2013

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1415631

Location: Manchester, M20

County: Manchester

Electoral Ward/Division: Withington

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Manchester

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Withington St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Manchester

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Summary

Milestone located on the eastern side of Wilmslow Road, mid-late C19, whitewashed stone, inscriptions to the west side

Description

Milestone located on the eastern side of Wilmslow Road, mid-late C19, whitewashed stone, inscriptions to the west side.

The milestone has a triangular form with a sloping top incorporating incised black lettering that reads 'Withington'. The two faces below have further incised black lettering; that to the left face reads '8 ΒΌ /Miles to/ Wilmslow', whilst that to the right face reads '4/ Miles to/ Manchester/ to/ Centre of/ St Anns/Square'. The left face incorporates some minor damage to the bottom and 'Square' on the right face is eroded, but remains partially legible.

History

The milestone adjacent to Withington Fire Station is believed to have been erected by the Manchester and Wilmslow Turnpike Trust in the mid-late C19 and is depicted on the 1st edition OS map published in 1894. The Trust was formed by an Act of Parliament in 1753 to maintain and improve the northerly section of the Manchester to Oxford route, and was abolished in 1881. Wilmslow Road was originally called High Street, then Turnpike Lane, before being known by its current name. Prior to the adjacent fire station being constructed in 1931, the site was occupied by a police station.

Reasons for Listing

The milestone adjacent to Withington Fire Station is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

* Intactness: the milestone is believed to survive in its original location and its lettering remains legible;

* Historic interest: it is an important physical reminder of Withington's transport history, and, in a wider context, the development of England's transport network.

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