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Steanor Bottom Toll-House, Todmorden


The hexagonal 2-storey toll-house built 1824 on the busy Todmorden Turnpike – now the A6033 – across the Pennines between Todmorden and Littleborough and at the junction of the two roads.

The road superseded The Walsden Highway packhorse route.

When it was no longer required as a toll-house, it was occupied for some time. It was then derelict for a time. In 1972, it was badly damaged by a storm which dislodged the roof and part of the structure. There was a proposal to rebuild the house in the Castle Museum, York, but this did not happen and the house was restored in situ.

The 1824 toll board above the door reads:

Todmorden Turnpike Roads

Steanor Bottom Bar


Tolls to be taken at this Bar under the Local Act: 1st & 2nd Geo 4. cap. III.

  sd
For every Horse or other Beast drawing any such, Berlin, Landau, Chariot, Chaise, Chair, Curricle, Calash, Hearse, Litter, or other such Carriage  the sum of 07
 

For every Horse or other Beast drawing any Waggon or other such four wheeled Carriage, or any Cart or other, such two-wheeled Carriage, with wheels of the breadth of six inches, on the Bottom or sole thereof  the sum of

 05
 

For every Horse or other Beast drawing any Waggon, Train, Cart, or other such Carriage, with wheels of the breadth of four and a half inches, and less than six inches at the Bottom or sole thereof  the sum of

 06
 

For every Horse or other Beast drawing any Waggon or other such four wheeled Carriage or any Cart or other such two-wheeled Carriage, with Wheels of the breadth of three inches or under four and a half on the Bottom or sole thereofthe sum of

 07
 

For every Horse or other Beast drawing any Waggon or other such four-wheeled Carriage or any Cart or other such two-wheeled Carriage, with wheels of less breadth than three inches on the Bottom or sole thereof  the sum of

 09
 

For every Horse, Mule or Ass laden or unladen and not drawing  the sum of

 02
 

For every Ox, Cow or Neat Cattle  the sum of

 0½
 

For every Calf, Sheep, Swine or Lamb  the sum of

 0¼

N.B. The above Tolls to be taken for the first, fifth, and eighth time of passing repeatedly in one day, but not for repassing through the same: and Such Tolls not to be repayable more than three times in one day at the same Toll Gate


Exemptions from the above Tolls as mentioned in the local and General Turnpike Acts


This Bar is a Ticket Bar to and from Wadsworth Mill Bar


By Order.J. P. & W. Sutcliffe.
Clerk to the County Trustees


See Steanor



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