Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Hampshire turnpike information

I have found a very informative page hosted by the University of Portsmouth here. The page contains many extracts from a report on the turnpikes of Hampshire submitted to parliament in 1852 by Sir George Grey.

Of particular interest is the attached map of the Hampshire turnpike network. There doesn't seem to be any mention of the Basingstoke to Reading road though, the one I used to live alongside.

I will have a go at using this map to produce a set of routes on GoogleEarth showing how the old turnpikes relate to the modern road network. This may reveal the locations of some of the lost tollhouses in the county.

The original document is in the Bodleian Library.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Final Tewkesbury tollhouse

I have completed the page for the Mythe tollhouses, Tewkesbury. The tollhouse and tollbooth stand at the eastern end of a bridge over the river Severn designed by Thomas Telford.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Ledbury tollhouse pages

I have added a page for each of the tollhouses in Ledbury that I photographed over the Easter weekend. I have also added a page of links to information about the Leominster & Ledbury Turnpike Trust.

The home page of my tollhouse website can be found here.

Monday, 16 April 2012

2nd Tewkesbury tollhouse

I have added a page for the second tollhouse in Tewkesbury here. This is a similar looking building to the Ashchurch gate tollhouse.

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Tewkesbury tollhouses

I have completed the page for the first of 3 (or 4, depending how you count) tollhouses in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. It can be found here.

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I will add the remaining 2 (3?) this week and then add the Ledbury, Herefordshire tollhouses. That will be all of the 5 I visited over easter and I will be ready for another trip to photograph some more.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Easter tollhouse hunt

Over the Easter weekend I managed to photograph a few more tollhouses. I found 3 in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, and 2 in Ledbury, Herefordshire. The partial maps for those counties are below.

I am in the process of producing the individual pages for each of these tollhouses on my site and will link to them from here once they are done.

View Herefordshire tollhouses in a larger map

View Gloucestershire tollhouses in a larger map

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Beat me to it?

It seems that someone back in the days of 8-bit computing had already mapped the tollhouses in Hampshire:

View Hampshire tollhouses in a larger map