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Milestone

A Grade II Listed Building in Marchwiel, Wrexham

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.0236 / 53°1'24"N

Longitude: -2.9633 / 2°57'47"W

OS Eastings: 335483

OS Northings: 347796

OS Grid: SJ354477

Mapcode National: GBR 77.FDPQ

Mapcode Global: WH895.G84D

Entry Name: Milestone

Listing Date: 23 August 2016

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 87687

Building Class: Transport

Location: Next to Providence House on the south side of the A525 (Wrexham Road), to the west of the junction with the A528 Overton Road.

County: Wrexham

Community: Marchwiel (Marchwiail)

Community: Marchwiel

Built-Up Area: Marchwiel

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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History

Marchwiel sits on the junction of two historic routes from the south-east to Wrexham, from Shrewsbury through Ellesmere and Overton (A528/A539) and from Whitchurch through Bangor-is-y-coed (A525). Two Turnpike Acts were passed in the mid C18 to improve these routes and only a limited number of milestones have been recorded as surviving, two on the Overton-Ellesmere road (both listed), two on the Bangor-Whitchurch road and two on the Overton-Hanmer road.

The first edition Ordnance Survey map of 1879 shows a milestone in the location in Marchwiel with distances to Ellesmere/Overton/Wrexham, and another milestone nearer Wrexham at Kings Mills. A milestone is shown on the 2nd edition Ordnance Survey map of 1899 with distances to Wrexham/Ellesmere, the same as the distances shown on the milestone plaque suggesting that the stone is earlier, possibly original to the passing of the Turnpike Act with the plaque added in the 1890’s.

Exterior

Milestone, rounded stone with attached cast iron plaque, with a rounded and shouldered head and painted white with raised lettering ‘TO, M, WREXHAM 2, ELLESMERE 10’. Largely hidden by raised ground levels but revealed at the time of inspection.

Interior

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Reasons for Listing

Included for its special historic interest as a well preserved late C19 milestone, possibly incorporating an earlier milestone, and one of the few surviving milestones on the Marchwiel, Whitchurch and Ellesmere turnpike system.

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