A historic roadside milepost which has been lovingly restored was officially unveiled in South Devon yesterday (Tuesday, October 19).
This cast iron milepost marker has been rejuvenated by registered charity, the Milestone Society, and relocated to its original position at Bittaford near Ivybridge. It is one of 15 such posts that were set at the roadside as far as South Brent in the 1820s by the then Plymouth Eastern Turnpike Trust.
The style and inscription on the renovated post showing 13 miles to/from Plymouth confirms that it was once positioned on what is now the B3213 (the old A38) at Bittaford. The marker still appears on OS maps at approx NGR SX 670569.
Today there are just three known surviving mileposts on this route, two of which are Grade II listed. They are all set on the south side of the road and can be found at Ridgeway, Plympton (5 miles), Exeter Road in Ivybridge (11 miles) and at Wrangaton Cross (14 miles).
Tim Jenkinson of the Milestone Society, said: “This is a significant roadside artifact and its return to the old A38 in Bittaford represents one of the main aims of the Milestone Society in Devon to conserve for public benefit milestones and other waymarkers in the county.
“The work carried out on this particular post demonstrates the good relationship that exists between the county council, the society and local groups, in relation to preserving our roadside heritage.
“With its distinctive shape and inscription showing miles to and from, what was then the town of Plymouth, it would have served to inform horse drawn travellers along what was once an important route to South Brent and Exeter.”