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


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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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 Unpublished document: Various. 2015.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.



Grid reference SS 9243 3880 (point) MasterMap
Map sheet SS93NW

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  • Signpost Project Pilot 2015 (E): 8893444

Record last edited

Jun 29 2022 2:39PM


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