Milestone in Sutton High Street
List Entry Summary
This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
Name: Milestone in Sutton High Street
List entry Number: 1001998
The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
County: Greater London Authority
District Type: London Borough
National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.
Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.
Date first scheduled: 17-Sep-1974
Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.
Legacy System Information
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
Legacy System: RSM - OCN
UID: LO 123
This list entry does not comprise part of an Asset Grouping. Asset Groupings are not part of the official record but are added later for information.
List entry Description
Summary of Monument
Milestone, 32m west of No.198 Sutton High Street.
Reasons for Designation
Milestones are both an important testament to the development of the transport network and are reminders of different perceptions of distance in a pre-motorised age. In the mid-eighteenth century milestones became prevalent after turnpike trusts were encouraged to provide markers on roads. They often display a notable amount of individuality before the late eighteenth century.
The milestone, 32m west of No.198 Sutton High Street survives well. It has group value with a series of 18th century milestones erected from Westminster and London Bridge to Banstead Downs.
This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 24 March 2015. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.
The monument includes an 18th century milestone situated at the northern end of Sutton High Street, opposite the junction with Benhill Avenue.
The milestone is a rectangular block of stone with peaked capping. On the east side of the stone is the inscription: ‘Whitehall XI miles. Royal Exchange XII miles’. The inscriptions on the north and south sides are no longer decipherable. It is one of a series of milestones that were erected in 1745 from Westminster and London Bridge to Banstead Downs.
Greater London SMR 030424/00/00 - MLO4508.
National Grid Reference: TQ 25806 64537
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