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Milestone, Heads Bank, Aysgarth

A Grade II Listed Building in Aysgarth, North Yorkshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.2915 / 54°17'29"N

Longitude: -1.9749 / 1°58'29"W

OS Eastings: 401730

OS Northings: 488426

OS Grid: SE017884

Mapcode National: GBR GLNT.7D

Mapcode Global: WHB5Q.MDSF

Entry Name: Milestone, Heads Bank, Aysgarth

Listing Date: 13 May 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1425905

Location: Aysgarth, Richmondshire, North Yorkshire, DL8

County: North Yorkshire

District: Richmondshire

Civil Parish: Aysgarth

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

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Summary

Cast-iron milestone, late-C19, triangular in plan

Description

The milestone is constructed of cast iron, painted white, and is triangular in plan. On the left face is a relief of a hand pointing right above relief lettering reading 'LEYBURN 7 MILES', and on the right face is a relief of a hand pointing left above relief lettering reading 'HAWES 10 MILES'. Both the hands and lettering are painted black.

History

The milestone at Heads Bank, Aysgarth was erected in the late-C19 following the reorganisation of highways authorities under the Local Government Act of 1888.

Reasons for Listing

The milestone at Heads Bank, Aysgarth 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 clearly legible

* Design interest: it incorporates a hand on each inscribed face pointing in the direction of travel

* Historic interest: it is an important physical reminder of an age of pre-motorised transport in the Yorkshire Dales, and, in a wider context, the development of England's transport network

* Group value: it has strong group value with the other listed milestones located along the A684

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