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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
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1417781
Location: East Coker, South Somerset, Somerset, BA22
District: South Somerset
Civil Parish: East Coker
Traditional County: Somerset
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset
Milestone. Probably C18.
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'.
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.
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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