Milestone outside Ravenstone Village Institute

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1464531
Date first listed:
12-Aug-2019
Location Description:
On the south side of Leicester Road, Ravenstone. Leicestershire. Next to Ravenstone Institute which is at the junction of the A447.
Statutory Address:
Leicester Road, Ravenstone, Coalville, LE67 2AQ

Map

Ordnance survey map of Milestone outside Ravenstone Village Institute
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Location

Statutory Address:
Leicester Road, Ravenstone, Coalville, LE67 2AQ

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

Location Description:
On the south side of Leicester Road, Ravenstone. Leicestershire. Next to Ravenstone Institute which is at the junction of the A447.
County:
Leicestershire
District:
North West Leicestershire (District Authority)
Parish:
Ravenstone with Snibstone
National Grid Reference:
SK4072213630

Summary

Milestone on the former Ashby to Leicester turnpike road, probably of C18 date with an iron plate added in the C19.

Reasons for Designation

The milestone outside Ravenstone Village Institute, Leicestershire, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

Architectural interest:

* for its use of good quality stone and cast-iron to display the lettering.

Historic interest:

* for its association with the development of a major transport route in the C18 from Leicester to Ashby.

Group value:

* with the other original milestones along this route.

History

Turnpike roads, which levied tolls from travellers to finance road improvements, were established in the 1660s, but the main period of growth took place in the next century. Turnpike trusts were authorised by Acts of Parliament to build, maintain and operate the toll roads and the first to be set up in Leicestershire were the Loughborough to Leicester and the Harborough to Leicester Trusts in 1726. The turnpike road running from Leicester to Ashby was established in 1753 and was in operation until 1874.

Milestones are marked on the route of the turnpike on John Prior’s 1777 Map of Leicestershire, including at this location, which is marked ‘13’ to denote its distance in miles from the City of Leicester. This milestone probably dates from the C18, although the cast-iron plate is likely to be a C19 addition, and a milestone is shown at this location on the First Edition Ordnance Survey Map of 1883.

Details

Milestone on the former Ashby to Leicester turnpike road, probably of C18 date with an iron plate added in the C19.

MATERIALS: stone with a cast-iron plate.

DESCRIPTION: the milestone stands on the south side of Leicester Road. It comprises a stone slab with rounded top and cast-iron plate. The plate is painted black with raised lettering picked out in white paint that reads: TO/ ASHBY/ DELAZOUCH/ 4/ TO/ LEICESTER/ 13. A triangulation benchmark is inscribed into the face of the milestone below the plate.

Sources

Websites
Leicestershire and Rutland HER on Heritage Gateway: Turnpike Road, Leicester to Ashby-de-la-Zouch, accessed 30/05/2019 from https://www.heritagegateway.org.uk/Gateway/Results_Single.aspx?uid=MLE20653&resourceID=1021

Legal

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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