MEM23431 - Late 19th or early 20th signpost east of Sundial House, Wheddon Cross (Building)

Summary

The signpost is within a garden adjacent to an important crossroads in Wheddon Cross, which provides access to Taunton, Minehead, Tiverton/Bampton and Exford. It features two distinctive arms marking the directions for the A396.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A guide post is marked on modern MasterMap data. [1] The signpost was visited in October 2015 and its condition assessed. It has SCC (Somerset County Council) repeated on the four sides of a pyramid finial. The attached fingers read: EXFORD 5 SIMONSBATH 10 B3224 [missing finger] DULVERTON 9 3/4 BAMPTON 13 1/2 TIVERTON 20 MINEHEAD 9 DUNSTER 6 1/2. [2] A396, SS 9243 3881. An important Exmoor road junction on the A396 (the 1824 Turnpike Trust road) with a cross road to Taunton and Exford. Two of the arms have large blades with flat tips and a raised lipped border and are likely to date to the late 19th or early 20th Century; they are the earliest known in position on Exmoor. They are similar to some in South petherton on a post made by Bishop Brothers foundry in Wellington. The arms were likely reinstated with a new post and finial as soon as possible during or after World War Two. [3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Various. 2015. Exmoor and West Somerset Signpost Survey Pilot. 8893445.
  • <3> Monograph: Blackman, H., Blaylock, S., Thomas, C. and Wall, N.. 2019. A field guide to Exmoor's traditional roadside fingerposts. Exmoor National Park Authority. 1st Edition. p29.

Map

Location

Grid reference SS 9243 3880 (point) MasterMap
Map sheet SS93NW
Civil Parish CUTCOMBE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Signpost Project Pilot 2015 (E): 8893444

Record last edited

Jun 29 2022 2:39PM

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