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Latitude: 51.1767 / 51°10'36"N
Longitude: -1.0355 / 1°2'7"W
OS Eastings: 467520
OS Northings: 142381
OS Grid: SU675423
Mapcode National: GBR B7Q.30X
Mapcode Global: VHDY4.0PF9
Entry Name: Milestone South East of Pear Tree Cottage
Listing Date: 4 September 2006
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1391750
English Heritage Legacy ID: 494701
Location: Lasham, East Hampshire, Hampshire, GU34
District: East Hampshire
Civil Parish: Lasham
Built-Up Area: Lasham Airfield
Traditional County: Hampshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire
Church of England Parish: Lasham St Mary
Church of England Diocese: Winchester
430/0/10015 MILESTONE SOUTH EAST OF PEAR TREE COTT
Milestone of early C19 date. It is a triangular Portland stone pillar with a flat top and it has two cast iron plaques affixed to its sides. The inscription on the north east facing plaque reads 'Alton 4' and that on the south west reads 'B'stoke 7'.
HISTORY: This milestone marks the turnpike road between Alton and Basingstoke, which was given its first turnpiking authorisation by an Act of Parliament in 1795, and which was renewed in 1816. This also required the erection of milestones along its route, and this stone was probably erected soon after the Act was passed. The first edition OS map suggests that it is still in its original location.
SUMMARY OF IMPORTANCE: Milestones are of special interest as they are among the few physical remains of national and local historic road use. The turnpike roads created in C18 and C19 were a very important development in British road transport, and the milestones and other road furnishings accompanying them are important reminders of that. This milestone survives well and marks the turnpike road between Alton and Basingstoke. It forms a group with another surviving milestone (separately listed) and together they form a significant survival of the stones that would originally have marked each mile between the two towns. It also has group value with nearby listed buildings.
SOURCES: Albert, W, The Turnpike Road System in England 1663-1840 (Cambridge, 1972).
Haines, C, Marking the Miles - A History of English Milestones (Norwich, 2000).
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