The White Lady Milestone, junction of Portsmouth Road and Esher Station Road


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1005934


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

County: Surrey

District: Elmbridge (District Authority)

National Grid Reference: TQ 14734 65533


The White Lady Milestone at the junction of Portsmouth Road (A307) and Esher Station Road (B3379).

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. Such is the case with The White Lady Milestone, which is an important survival in a very good state of preservation.


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This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 27 November 2014. The 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 a large cylindrical block of limestone, a milestone known traditionally as the "White Lady", giving principal distances on the London-Portsmouth road. It is situated on a junction outside the Orleans Arms. The milestone was erected in 1767 and is about 2.5m high. It stands on a plinth and has two breaks in the stone back on the top, crowned by a ball finial. There are three vertical columns on the milestone giving places and distances.

It is Grade II listed.


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

Legacy System number: SU 131

Legacy System: RSM - OCN


Surrey HER 3746. NMR TQ16NW24. PastScape 397657.

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