Milestone outside No. 135 Cheam Road, Cheam

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1001999

Date first listed: 17-Sep-1974

Map

Ordnance survey map of Milestone outside No. 135 Cheam Road, Cheam
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Location

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Greater London Authority

District: Sutton (London Borough)

National Grid Reference: TQ 24915 63805

Summary

Milestone, 17m north of No.135 Cheam Road.

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, 17m north of No.135 Cheam Road survives well. It has group value with a series of 18th century milestones erected from Westminster and London Bridge to Banstead Downs.

Details

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 next to a boundary wall on the south side of Cheam Road opposite the junction with Carlisle Road, Cheam.

The milestone is a rectangular block of stone with peaked capping set diamond-wise to the road. It is supported by a plinth and inscribed on the north-east face: 'Westminster Bridge XII miles'. The north-west face is inscribed: 'Cornhill XIII miles'. It was erected in 1755 and is one of a series of milestones that were built in the 18th century from Westminster and London Bridge to Banstead Downs.

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: LO 124

Legacy System: RSM - OCN

Sources

Other
Greater London SMR 030424/00/00 - MLO4508.

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