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BATH ROAD: the buildings

is understood to date from around 1870 and was built alongside the large family house next door - both to coincide with the forthcoming railway line to the Bath Road that never materialised.

This cottage apparently built c1750-60 but the architectural character appears to be rather later. The road was turnpiked in 1743 but the new bridge built in 1775 must have made the use of this cottage rather difficult and it was superceded in 1821. It is unusual to have two toll houses surviving so close to each other but local rumour says that to avoid the tolls people were cutting through what is now Berrells Road and down Cutwell. The new toll house was built opposite this turning so hoping that the toll avoiders would be caught and duly charged!

An old derelict cottage on Bath Road, photographed in 2008.

Now a cottage, formerly a Methodist Chapel, having been utilised for other uses over the years. Photographed in 2009.

The new toll house on Bath Road, called Old Pike House in this postcard image from c.1900.

The old toll house photographed in 2009.