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The road superseded The Walsden Highway packhorse route.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:
Steanor Bottom Bar
Tolls to be taken at this Bar under the Local Act: 1st & 2nd Geo 4. cap. III.
|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||0||7|
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
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
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
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
For every Horse, Mule or Ass laden or unladen and not drawing the sum of
For every Ox, Cow or Neat Cattle the sum of
For every Calf, Sheep, Swine or Lamb the sum of
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
This Bar is a Ticket Bar to and from Wadsworth Mill Bar
|By Order.||J. P. & W. Sutcliffe.|
|Clerk to the County Trustees|
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Malcolm Bull 2017 /
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