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Milestone, 83m south-west of the junction between West Coker Road (A30) and Camp Road

A Grade II Listed Building in East Coker, Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.9263 / 50°55'34"N

Longitude: -2.6679 / 2°40'4"W

OS Eastings: 353151

OS Northings: 114300

OS Grid: ST531143

Mapcode National: GBR MM.PXKS

Mapcode Global: FRA 569N.GFR

Entry Name: Milestone, 83m south-west of the junction between West Coker Road (A30) and Camp Road

Listing Date: 24 January 2014

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1417781

Location: East Coker, South Somerset, Somerset, BA22

County: Somerset

District: South Somerset

Civil Parish: East Coker

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Summary

Milestone. Probably C18.

Description

Milestone. Probably C18.

MATERIALS: Hamstone with cast-iron plate.

DESCRIPTION: stone slab on the north side of the road (A30). It is painted white and has a shouldered, triangular top. The plate to the south face has a shouldered, curved top, and is inscribed: 'II YEOVIL'.

History

The first Act of Parliament to establish a turnpike trust in Somerset was in 1707-08 for roads around Bath. Bristol came next in 1731, and during the second half of the century nearly all the towns of Somerset established their trusts by Act of Parliament. The main post road through Yeovil was included in the 1753 Act, turnpiking the road from Lower Compton, to the east of Sherborne, through Chard to Axminster. The Yeovil Turnpike Trust maintained the road between Crewkerne and Yeovil between 1753 and 1849.

The milestone approximately 83m south-west of the junction between West Coker Road (A30) and Camp Road is marked on the first edition Ordnance Survey map of 1887 as 'Crewkerne 7, Yeovil 2'. It is one of a set of eight milestones, of which seven are known to survive, which were erected along the principal route (A30) between Crewkerne and Yeovil, possibly in the C18.

Reasons for Listing

The milestone some 83m south-west of the junction between West Coker Road (A30) and Camp Road, west of Yeovil which probably dates from the C18 is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

* Intactness: as an intact milestone which remains in its original position;
* Historic Interest: it testifies to the great wave of C18 road improvement;
* Group value: as part of a well-defined turnpike route between Crewkerne and Yeovil and forms a group with six other surviving milestones on this road.

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