Boundary stones inscribed with the letters ‘ILB’ denoting Ivybridge Local Board can be found in various locations around the town. They marked the area of jurisdiction for the Local Board of Health, the acting sanitary authority for Ivybridge established in 1872. Originally there were a total of 10 locations where the stones were instated but sadly not all remain today, some having been lost over the years following redevelopment.
In 2016, Ivybridge Heritage & Archive Group successfully coordinated the retrieval of one of the missing boundary stones at Erme Playing Fields. Reported missing back in 1996, it was spotted in the river some distance away from its former position. With help from the contractors working at the recycling centre, the boundary stone was retrieved from the river and reinstated close to its original position on 31 August 2016.
Furthermore, our group coordinated the restoration work on two more boundary stones situated on Exeter Road, cleaning and raising them up to their original state, whilst the historic milestone a short distance away, received a fresh coat of white paint.