MEM22705 - 19th Century milestone north of Roborough Gate (Monument)


A milestone at this point dates to the 1820s and marks 8 miles to Watchet. It is on the road between Timberscombe and the Devon border that was turnpiked following an Act of 1822 and completed in 1827.

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Milestone. 1820s. About 350 mm high dressed stone, slightly cambered head, bench mark on right side, attached plaque with semi-circular headed central section inscribed in incised lettering "8 miles to Watchet". This section of road from Timberscombe to the Devon border was turnpiked following an Act of 1822. Supervised by William McAdam, son of the more famous J L McAdam, it was completed in 1827. [1] The milestone was visited in June 2013 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. It received a BAR score of 5A. [2] A milestone lies at the edge of the B 3190 Bampton to Watchet road at ST 0146 3336. It comprises a rectangular sandstone slab, 0.7 by 0.35 by 0.1 metres. A metal plaque bearing the words "8 MILES To Watchet" is on the west side. An Ordnance Survey benchmark lies on the north edge. It probably dates from the 18th Century, when the road was turnpiked; it is depicted on the 19th Century 25 inch map. [3,4] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [5] The milestone is mentioned in a publication on the industrial archaeology of Somerset. It was erected by the Minehead United Trust (1765-1872). [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Index: Department of the Environment. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest . HHR: Brompton Regis (4 August 1986).
  • <2> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1854-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889, Somerset 58(7).
  • <4> Unpublished document: Riley, H.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 1999.
  • <5> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1200245, Updated 31 May 2022.
  • <6> Monograph: Daniel, P. (Ed.). 2019. A guide to the industrial archaeology of Somerset. Association for Industrial Archaeology. 2nd Edition. p 74, W38.

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Other Statuses/References

  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (5A): 1648/5/15
  • Local Heritage List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: ST 03 SW90
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1200245
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31337
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35161



Grid reference ST 0146 3335 (point)
Map sheet ST03SW

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Record last edited

Oct 11 2022 2:40PM


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