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Oxford boundary markers: Warneford Lane, Headington (1667)


Mileway stone on Old Road, near junction with Cheney Lane

 

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This mileway stone stands on the north side of Warneford Lane, roughly half-way between Cheney Lane and Gipsy Lane.

Grade II listed:
List Entry No 1369693

This was part of the main route to London which ran up Cheney Lane and along the present Warneford Lane and Old Road. The present London Road was only cut through fields at the end of the eighteenth century.

Under an Act of 18 Elizabeth, everyone who occupied land within five miles of Oxford was bound to contribute to the repair of the roads within one mile of Oxford, and supervisors were nominated by the Mayor and Vice-Chancellor for the executing of the repairs. The mileways were usually measured from the city gates, but the measurement in this case appears to have been taken from Magdalen Bridge. (St Clement's remained outside the city of Oxford until 1835.)

This stone was set up in 1667.

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Stephanie Jenkins, 2013