Roman milestone, 180m north west of Spitals


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1007172

Date first listed: 19-Jan-1962

Location Description: Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.


Ordnance survey map of Roman milestone, 180m north west of Spitals
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Cumbria

District: Eden (District Authority)

Parish: Kirkby Thore

County: Cumbria

District: Eden (District Authority)

Parish: Temple Sowerby

National Grid Reference: NY 61990 26444

Reasons for Designation

Roman milestones were generally stone pillars with Latin inscriptions set up when a road was first constructed or when it was repaired. The inscriptions usually give the distance to the next, named, town. They also give the name of the reigning emperor and the particular year of his reign in which the milestone was erected, thus allowing milestones to be accurately dated. Later emperors were often commemorated by a second inscription added to the existing milestone, or by a milestone set up nearby. Later examples from the 3rd and 4th centuries AD seem to have been erected for propaganda purposes and they usually give only the emperor's name and titles. Although the Roman road network was extensive in England, serving both military and economic needs, and although many survive in museums, milestones in their original locations are comparatively rare, with only around fifty examples recorded. As a rare monument class, all surviving examples will be considered to be of national importance. Roman milestone, 180m north west of Spitals is rare nationally as it is believed to still stand in its original position. The monument is representative of its period and provides insight into the Roman road system and its importance both militarily and economically. The fact that it also marks a parish boundary is of additional significance, a demonstration of the influence of the Romans on modern administrative boundaries.


The monument includes the remains of a Roman milestone situated on the north side of the Roman road that crosses the Pennines from Scotch Corner to Brougham. The cylindrical milestone, which stands to a height of about 1.3m, is carved from red sandstone and is thought to stand in its original position. It also stands on the parish boundary between Temple Sowerby and Kirkby Thore.

SOURCES PastScape Monument No:- 13558 NMR:- NY32NW3 Cumbria HER:- 2801


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

Legacy System number: CU 263

Legacy System: RSM - OCN

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