Shropshire History

Shropshire

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Turnpike trusts erected tollhouses to accommodate the pikeman or toll-collector beside the turnpike gate. In Shropshire there were originally around 300 tollhouses built, of which 100 are still in existence today. Tollhouses varied greatly in design and some have a very distinctive plan with a semi-octagonal or circular shape. This was so that the toll keeper could see the traffic approaching from both directions. Other tollhouses look like cottages set rather close to the road.

 

Thomas Telford placed toll houses along the London – Holyhead road at 5-10 mile intervals. The tollhouse at Blists Hill Museum was originally built by him in 1829 at Shelton (SJ46521365) and was moved to the museum when it was due to be demolished. There are many similar houses along the route of the Holyhead Road. Telford's patron, Sir Harry Parnell, wanted to attract honest toll collectors who would not leave the gate at night nor let friends through without paying. To attract the right sort of person, it was ensured that the houses were comfortable.

 

 

Shropshire Tollhouses

 

Location

Grid Reference

Road

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Acton Scott

SO44778830

A49

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Adderley

SJ66203980

A529

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Alderbury

SJ36361412

B4393

Photo

Angelbank

SO57917582

A4117

Photo

Aston on Clun

SO39408159

B4368

Photo

Aston Square

SJ32082774

A5

Photo

Atcham

SJ53060918

Unclassified

Photo

Babbinswood

SJ33322996

B5009

Photo

Beambridge

SO53168823

B4368

Photo

Billingsley

SO70128591

B4363

Photo

Bishop's Castle

SO33138777

B4385

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Bitterley

SO57257601

A4117

 

Blists Hill Museum

SJ69420318

Unclassified

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Bridgnorth

SO70949321

B4364

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Bridgnorth

SO71649241

B4363

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Brockton

SJ70220220

Unclassified

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Bron-y-Garth

SJ26783701

Unclassified

Photo

Broseley

SJ65670165

B4375

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Broseley

SJ68130191

B4373

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Broseley

SJ68780053

Unclassified

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Burford

SO58706850

A456

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Burford

SO59296904

B4214

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Burford

SO59706864

A456

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Buttonbridge

SO73457919

B4194

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Caynham

SO56437378

Unclassified

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Chirbury

SO25969841

B4368

Photo

Chirbury

SO26219840

B4368

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Chirk Bank

SJ29103700

Unclassified

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Church Aston

SJ72751603

Unclassified

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Church Pulverbatch

SJ42460236

Unclassified

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Cleehill

SO59447474

B4214

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Cleobury Mortimer

SO66827570

A4117

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Cleobury Mortimer

SO67337573

A4117

Photo

Cleobury Mortimer

SO69467585

A4117

Photo

Cleobury Mortimer

SO69687556

B4202

Photo

Cleobury North

SO62738749

B4364

Photo

Clun

SO30368086

B4368

Photo

Clunbury

SO36058309

B4385

Photo

Clunton

SO33488144

B4368

Photo

Coalbrookdale

SJ66970442

Unclassified

Photo

Coalport

SJ70210210

Unclassified

Photo

Cockshutt

SJ43602879

A528

Photo

Coed-y-Go

SJ27922775

Unclassified

Photo

Colebatch

SO31868703

A488

Photo

Copthorne

SJ46861242

B4386

Photo

Copthorne

SJ46941136

A488

Photo

Coton

SJ53083446

B5476

Photo

Craven Arms

SO44468302

B4368

Photo

Danesford

SO73259161

A442

Photo

Darliston

SJ57993356

A442

Photo

Dawley

SJ66000394

B4380

Photo

Diddlebury

SO53788481

Unclassified

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Ditton Priors

SO64319091

Unclassified

Photo

Dorrington

SJ47750303

A49

Photo

Eardington

SO70819092

B4363

Photo

Edgton

SO38538557

Unclassified

Photo

Edgton

SO39658644

Unclassified

Photo

Ercall Magna

SJ59561753

B5062

Photo

Frankwell

SJ48481305

A458

Photo

Frodesley

SJ51370135

Unclassified

Photo

Glan-yr-Afon

SJ23302382

B4396

Photo

Great Ness

SJ37152077

Unclassified

Photo

Grindley Brook

SJ52194322

A41

Photo

Hadley

SJ67451204

Unclassified

Photo

Hardwick

SJ38143402

A495

Photo

Harpswood

SO69089156

B4364

Photo

Hinstock

SJ69412649

A529

Photo

Hinstock

SJ69492552

A41

Photo

Hodnet

SJ61482795

C442

Photo

Hopesay

SO39218171

B4368

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Ironbridge

SJ66000390

Unclassified

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Ironbridge

SJ67220335

Unclassified

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Kinlet

SO70737939

B4363

Photo

Knockin

SJ34942216

B4397

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Knowlegate

SO59847390

B4214

Photo

Knowlegate

SO59907342

B4214

Photo

Lawley

SJ67310822

Unclassified

Photo

Little Wenlock

SJ66570952

Unclassified

Photo

Llanyblodwel

SJ24512305

B4396

Photo

Llanyblodwel

SJ25852354

B4396

Photo

Llanymynech

SJ26622114

A483

Photo

Llanymynech

SJ26642103

A483

Photo

Llwyntidman

SJ28712077

B4398

Photo

Llynclys

SJ28212411

A483

Photo

Loppington

SJ47022933

B4397

Photo

Ludford

SO51247414

B4361

Photo

Ludlow

SO50907540

B4361

Photo

Ludlow

SO51437652

Unclassified

Photo

Ludlow

SO51717433

Unclassified

Photo

Ludlow

SO51727533

Unclassified

Photo

Ludlow

SO53107426

Unclassified

Photo

Ludlow

SO53417634

B4364

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Madeley

SJ70270447

Unclassified

Photo

Madeley

SJ70290470

Unclassified

Photo

Maesbury

SJ30912572

Unclassified

Photo

Mainstone

SO26878957

Unclassified

Photo

Mainstone

SO28998954

Unclassified

Photo

Malehurst

SJ38720593

A488

Photo

Market Drayton

SJ66373371

C53E

Photo

Market Drayton

SJ68163451

A53

Photo

Market Drayton

SJ68833066

A529

Photo

Marton

SJ44642395

B4397

Photo

Meole Brace

SJ49321104

A5191

Photo

Middletown

SJ31041278

A483

Photo

Mile Oak

SJ30092775

A483

Photo

Minsterley

SJ37290508

B4499

Photo

Montford Bridge

SJ43161540

B4380

Photo

Morda

SJ28772887

B5069

Photo

Morville

SO67179390

A458

Photo

Much Wenlock

SO61339960

B4371

Photo

Much Wenlock

SO61939958

B4378

Photo

Much Wenlock

SO62379978

B4376

Photo

Much Wenlock

SO64529972

B4376

Photo

Munslow

SO52478760

B4368

Photo

Nant y Caws

SJ28922593

A483

Photo

Neen Sollars

SO66107231

Unclassified

Photo

Newport

SJ73831983

B5062

Photo

Newport

SJ75071931

A518

Photo

Newton

SJ42003424

A495

Photo

Nobold

SJ47431009

Unclassified

Photo

Northwood

SJ46523329

B5063

Photo

Oakengates

SJ70461206

A442

Photo

Oswestry

SJ28472918

C5069W

Photo

Oswestry

SJ28892928

B5069

Photo

Oswestry

SJ29822879

B4579

Photo

Oswestry Rural

SJ29033596

UC

 

Pant

SJ27562135

Unclassified

Photo

Ploxgreen

SJ36690390

A488

Photo

Prees

SJ55323328

A442

Photo

Pultheley

SO32449477

A488

Photo

Quina Brook

SJ52493292

B5476

Photo

Richard's Castle

SO50957257

B4361

Photo

Rushbury

SO51359164

Unclassified

Photo

Ruyton XI Towns

SJ40372228

B4397

Photo

Selattyn

SJ26763399

B4579

Photo

Shawbury

SJ56372132

A53

Photo

Shifnal

SJ72860581

A4169

Photo

Shrewsbury

SJ48901224

A458

Photo

Stanton Lacy

SO51317874

Unclassified

Photo

Stoke upon Tern

SJ65392331

C422E

Photo

Stottesdon

SO60708050

UC

 

Tilstock

SJ54163777

B5476

Photo

Trimpley

SJ39643492

B5068

Photo

Waymills

SJ55284128

A495

Photo

Wellington

SJ66450999

A4169

Photo

Wem

SJ51662901

B5476

Photo

Westbury

SJ31941116

C466W

Photo

Weston

SO59759291

B4368

Photo

Weston Rhyn

SJ28373556

Unclassified

Photo

Whittingslow

SO43168932

B4370

Photo

Willey

SJ67420067

B4376

Photo

Willey

SO68389924

B4373

Photo

Wolverley

SJ47513101

B5063

Photo

Woofferton

SO51476828

B4362

Photo

Woofferton

SO51866847

B4362

Photo

Woore

SJ73754238

A525

Photo

Worfield

SO73299578

A442

Photo

Wrockwardine

SJ61881064

B5061

Photo

Wrockwardine

SJ63351417

B5063

Photo

Wroxeter

SJ56550884

B4380

Photo

Yetchley

SJ45193435

B5063

Photo