Wiveliscombe Turnpike Road                       (updated 23rd Sept 2013)

The Wiveliscombe Turnpike Trust was created in 1786. Its primary responsibilities were for the road running along the southern and eastern edge of Exmoor. Although a Somerset based trust it was responsible for a considerable mileage in Devon, through Bampton, almost to South Molton. The parishes remained responsible for maintaining these roads; tolls were only being used to cover the loans needed to finance the initial road building.

J House of Commons - Reports

24th Feb 1786    Wiveliscombe Roads

A Petition of the Principal Inhabitants of the Towns of Wiveliscombe, Milverton and Dulverton and other Gentlemen residing near and travelling upon the roads hereafter mentioned.

That the road from Wiveliscombe to Radington Mill ad from thence to Gamblyn Cross in the Parish of Skilgate, through the village of Bury and to the Turnpike Road leading from Minehead to Dulverton near Hele Bridgre in Parish of Kingsbrompton; and from Dulverton to the Turnpike Road from Southmolton to Tiverton at Bish Mills, in the parish of Bishop’s Nympton; the road from Radington Mill towards Way Farm, in the Parish of Bampton, ; the road from Wiveliscombe to Coxburrow and from thence through Fitzhead and Northay to the Turnpike Road leading from Taunton to Handy Cross; the road from Wiveliscombe by way of Ford to Pitsford Hill in th Parish of Brompton Ralph and from thence to the Turnpike Road leading from Hartrow to Dunster; the road from Wiveliscombe to and over Milverton and Langford Heath Fields and to the Turnpike Road leading from Taunton to Whiteball in the Parish of Sampford Arundell at a place called Homebames; the road from Coxborrows to Stape Bridge and from thence to Rock Corner in Milverton, ; the road from Ford Bridge in Milverton by way of Parish’s Barn into the Wiveliscombe Road through Firtzhead and Northhay to the Turnpike Road from Taunton to Handy Cross; the road from Rock Corner in Milverton unto the road from Wiveliscombe to Whiteball at Langford Heathfield;

The road from parish’s Barn to Pitsford Hill; the road from Wiveliscombe to Cruwys’s Cross and from thence by way of Whitefield to Holcombe water in the Parish of Brompton Ralph and also from Cruwys’s Cross to wash Battle Mills and from thence to the Turnpike Road from Watchet to Bampton- al are in a ruinous condition and in many places narrow and incommodious and cannot be effectively amended, widened and kept in repair by the ordinary course of Law.

 

9th March 1786. Wiveliscombe Roads

Sir John Trevelyan reported

To prove the allegations Mr Samuel Kingdom said the roads are ruinous.

List of Acts

Wiveliscombe

 

26 Geo3 c135

1786

 

 

Added roads near Langford and Elworthy

46 Geo3 c52

1806

 

 

New road to Bish Mills

6 Geo4 c93

1825

 

 

New road towards Tiverton

11 Geo4 c97

1830

1847

 

Extended by continuation to 1851

14 & 15 Vic c20

1851

 

 

Expired 1st Nov 1871

Vic c115

1871

1871

 

Wiveliscombe 1806

An Act for continuing the Term, and altering and enlarging the Powers of an Act, passed in the Twenty-sixth Year of His present Majesty, for amending and widening several Roads leading from and through the Town of Wiveliscombe, in the County of Somerset, and other Roads therein mentioned; and for amending and widening certain other Roads adjoining thereto. [23d May 1806.]

It is necessary that the tolls granted by the said Act should be increased : And whereas the Road leading from Langford Turnpike Gate, in the Parish of Langford Budville, to Sandy Lane, in the Parish of Runnington, and from thence to Tone Bridge, in the same Parish, and from Sandy Lane aforesaid, to and over Part of Langford Heathfield, to join the Turnpike Road leading form Wiveliscombe to Homebames, in the Parish of Sampford Arundel; and the Road leading from the Foot of Brendon Hill in the Parish of Elworthy, to and beyond Elworthy Cross, to join the Minehead Turnpike Road, opposite to Hartrow Gate, in the Parish of Stogumber all in the said County or Somerset, are much out of Repair, and in some Places narrow and incommodious, and it would be a great Benefit and Advantage to the said Trustees and the Publick, if the said several roads were put under the Care and Management of the said Trustees, and made Part of the roads by the said recited Act directed to be amended and kept in Repair;

 

Wiveliscombe 1825

An Act for more effectually repairing several Roads leading from and through the Town of Wiveliscombe in the County of Somerset, and the Roads adjoining thereto, in the Counties of Somerset and Devon, and for making a new Line of Road to communicate therewith. [20th May 1825.]

 

Act for the following repealed to be replaced by new Act; the Road from the Town Hall of Wiveliscombe aforesaid to Radington Mill in the Parish of Radington, and from thence by way of Gamlyn Cross in the Parish of Skilgate to and through the Village of Bury, and to the Turnpike Road leading from Minehead to Dulverton at or near Hele Bridge in the Parish of Kingsbrompton in the County of Somerset, and from the Town of Dulverton aforesaid to the Turnpike Road leading from Southmolton towards Tiverton at or near Bish Mills in the Parish of Bishops Nympton in the County of Devon; the Road from Radington Mill aforesaid to Way Farm in the Parish of Bampton in the said County of Devon ; the Road from the Town Hall in Wivelistombe aforesaid to a Place called Coxburrow, from thence to Fitzhead, and from Fitzhead to and through the Village of Halse, and by way of Ash Common, to the Turnpike Road leading from Taunton to Handy Cress, in the said County of Somerset, at a Place now called The Lethbridge Arms Inn, but lately known by the Name of The Gore Inn, in the Parish of Bishops Lydiard, in the said County of Somerset; the Road from the Town Hall of Wiveliscombe aforesaid, by way of Ford, to Pitsford Hill in the Parish of Brompton Ralph, and from thence to Elworthy Cross in the said Parish of Elworthy, and from thence by way of Combe Sydenham to the Turnpike Road leading from Taunton to Minehead, at or near the Village of Monksilver in the said County of Somerset ; the Road from the Town Hall of Wiveliscombe aforesaid, to and over Milverton and Langford Heathfields, and to. the Turnpike Road leading from Taunton aforesaid to Whitehall in the Parish of Sampford Arundell in the said County of Somerset, at a Place called Homebames ; the Road from Coxburrow aforesaid to Slapebrtdge, and from thence to Rock Corner in the Town of Milverton in the said County of Somerset ; the Road from Ford Bridge in Milverton aforesaid, by way of Parish's Barn, unto the before-described Road leading from Wiveliscombe aforesaid, through Fitzhead and Raise, to the Turnpike Road leading from Taunton to Handy Cross; the Road from Rock Corner aforesaid to the before-described Road leading from Wiveliscombe to Whitehall aforesaid, at or near Langford Heathfald aforesaid; the Road from Parish's Barn aforesaid to Pitsford Hill aforesaid; and the Road from the Town Hall of Wiveliscombe aforesaid to Cruwys's Cross, and from thence by Whitefield to Ha-combe Water, in the Parish of Brompton Ralph aforesaid, and also from Cruwys's Cress aforesaid to the Turnpike Road leading from Watchet in the said County of Somerset, to the Town of Bampton in the said County of Devon ; the Road leading from Langford Turnpike Gate, in the Parish of Langford Budville to Sandy Lane in the Parish of Runnington in the said County of Somerset, and from thence to Tone Bridge in the same Parish; and from Sandy Lane aforesaid, to and over Part of Langford Heathfield, to join the Turnpike Road leading from Wiveliscombe to Homebames, in the Parish of Sampford Arundell; and the Road leading from the Foot of Brendon Hill, in the said Parish of Elworthy, to and beyond Elworthy Cross, to join the Minehead Turnpike Road opposite to Hartrow Gate, in the Parish of Stogumber in the said County of Somerset; and also for making and maintaining the aforesaid new Line of Road from the Town Hall of Wiveliscombe aforesaid by Shillingford in the Parish of Bampton, through the Town of Bampton, to the said Southmolton and Tiverten Turnpike Road at or near Bish Mills aforesaid.

 

And be it further enacted, That it shall and may be lawful for the up Lamps. said Trustees, from Time to Time, to order and direct One or more Lamp or Lamps to be placed or erected on, or against, or in front of each and every or such One or more of the Toll Houses to be continued or erected by virtue of this Act; and also to order and direct at what Times of the Year and during what Hours such Lamps or any of them shall be kept lighted.

the said Trustees are hereby authorized and empowered to make the said new Line of Road from the Town Hall of Wiveliscombe aforesaid, by Shilling ford, and through the Town of Bampton aforesaid, to the said Southmolton and Tiverton Turnpike Road at or near Bish Mills aforesaid, and of such Width as they shall think proper, not exceeding Forty-two Feet, together with such Footpaths, Causeways, Culverts, Fences, Ditches, and Drains, as they shall think necessary or expedient, making Satisfaction to the Owners thereof and other Persons interested therein for the same, or for the Damage they may respectively sustain thereby.

 

And whereas the said new Line of Road by this Act authorized to be made from the Town Hall of Wiveliscombe aforesaid by Shillingford to the Southmolton and Tiverton Turnpike Road  at or near Bish Mills aforesaid, might be shortened and rendered more convenient for the Public, if instead of carrying the same by means of a new Line through the several Houses, Gardens, and Orchards as described in the said Map or Plan, such Road was made to pass through the said Town of Bampton, in which Case the said Road would pass for Six hundred and fifty Yards or thereabouts partly on the Road comprised in the Watchet District of an Act passed in the Forty-seventh Year of the Reign of His late Majesty King George the Third, intituled An Act for continuing the Term and altering and enlarging the Powers of Two Acts passed in the Fifth and Twenty-sixth Tears of His present Majesty, for repairing several Roads leading from the Town of Minehead, and from Dunster and Watchet in the County of Somerset, and for improving certain other Roads therein described,  and partly on the Road comprised in an Act passed in the Third Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, intituled An Act for amending and repairing the Roads from Minehead in the County of Somerset, to Batham Bridge in the Town of Bampton in the County of Devon, and for making a new Branch of Road to communicate therewith : And whereas there is no Toll Gate upon any Part of the said Six hundred and fifty Yards of Road, and the Trustees of the said Watchet and Minehead Trusts have consented and agreed to relinquish and give up to the Trustees of this Act so much of the Road comprised in their respective Districts as lies within the said Six hundred and fifty Yards, upon Condition that no Toll Gate shall be erected by the Trustees of this Act on any Part of the said Six hundred and fifty Yards; be it therefore enacted, That from and after the passing of this Act, so much of the Road into and through the said Town of Bampton as is comprised in the said Watchet and Minehead Trusts, viz. from the Market Cross in Bampton aforesaid, to the Point where the Shillingford and Morebath Roads unite, and from Batham Bridge in Bampton aforesaid to or near Lukes Park Nursery, being about Six hundred and fifty Yards in Length or thereabouts, shall be and become Part of the Roads to be repaired and maintained by virtue of this Act,

 

Provided and be it further enacted, That when and as soon as the said new Line of Road from the Town Ball in Wiveliscombe aforesaid, by Shillingford, and through the Town of Bampton to the said Southmolton and Tiverton Turnpike Road at or near Bish Mills aforesaid, shall be completely formed and put into good Repair, and shall have been so certified under the Hands and Seals of any Two of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the Counties of Somerset and Devon, or either of them, and such Certificate shall have been enrolled with the Clerk of the Peace for the County of Somerset or County of Devon (as the Case may be), so much of the said present Turnpike Road as extends from the Town Hall in Wiveliscombe aforesaid to Radington Mill, and from thence by Gamlyn Cross to and through the Village of Bury, and to the Turnpike Road leading from Minehead to Dulverton at or near Hele Bridge aforesaid, and from the Town of Dulverton aforesaid to the Turnpike Road from Southmolton towards Tiverton at or near Bish Mills aforesaid., and the Road from Radington Mill aforesaid to Way Farm aforesaid, shall cease to be under the Care and Management of the Trustees for executing this Act

 

Tiverton & Wiveliscombe 1830

An Act for improving several Roads, and making certain new Roads, in the Counties of Devon and Somerset, leading to and from the Town of Tiverton; and for amending an Act of His present Majesty, for repairing several Roads leading from and through the Town of Wiveliscombe. [29th May 1830.]

 

Acts repealed and replaced by new Act; And whereas the making of certain Alterations or Diversions in the Line of certain Parts of the said Roads, and the making and maintaining in repair certain new Lines of Turnpike Road to communicate with other Parts of the said Roads, .will be of great Benefit and Convenience to the Inhabitants of the several Parishes through which such Alterations and new Roads will pass, and will also be of great public Utility, by opening a better Line of Communication between the Towns of Tiverton and Southmolton, by making a new Piece of Road from the present Turnpike Road at a certain Place near unto and West of Mr.James Edward Teale’s Cottage, between the Sixth and Seventh Mile Stones on Gibbet Moor, to the present Highway at a Place called Two Gates, and by making Turnpike  the said Highway from thence, with certain Diversions thereof to a Field in the Occupation of John Mogford, in the Parish of Knowstone, and by making a new Piece of Road from thence into the Wiveliscombe and Southmolton Turnpike Road, near the Eighteenth Mile Post; and by opening a better Line of Communication between the Towns of Tiverton and Chawleigh, by making a new Piece of Road from the present Turnpike Road leading from Tiverton to Southmolton, to from or near the Five Mile Post, between Tiverton to Southmolton; into the Highway in the Parish of Templeton, and making Turnpike the said Highway, with certain Diversions thereof, to a Place called Noman’s Land, in the Parish of Witheridge and by opening a better Line of Communication from Tiverton; towards the new Turnpike Road leading from Barnstaple to Exeter by making a new Piece of Road commencing at or near Penny Park in Tiverton aforesaid, to Quirkhill, and from thence to the present Highway near Lower Lugsland, and making Turnpike the said Highway, with certain Diversions thereof, to the said Place called Noman’s Land, and by making Turnpike the Line of the present  Highway from the said Place called Noman’s Land, with certain Diversions thereof, to the Southmolton Turnpike Road at Labbot’s Cross, and by making Turnpike the present Highway leading from the Southmolton Turnpike Road at or near Chawleigh, with a Diversion thereof through Lands in the Parish of Chawleigh, to the Turnpike Road now being made, leading from Barnstaple to Exeter, and by making a new Piece of Road leading from near Labbot’s Cross,, partly along certain existing Highways, to the present Turnpike Road leading from Barnstaple to Exeter, at or near Dinniford; and by opening a better Line of Communication between Tiverton and Cullompton, by making a new Turnpike Road commencing at or near the Bottom of the Hill called Newtes Hill, and leading into and through a certain Close called Culver Park, or other Lands, Part of the Glebe of the Portion of the Rectory of Tidcombe in Tiverton aforesaid, and through a certain Close in the Possession of John Skinner, and then partly along certain existing Highways through Warnicombe, Drizzlecombe and Rawridge to Crossland Cross, and from thence by the present Highway and certain Diversions to Sweaton, and from Sweaton to the Turnpike Road leading from Cullompton to Willand, at or near a Close in the Occupation of John Gale; also by opening a better Line of Communication from Tiverton towards Honiton, by making a new Turnpike Road commencing at or near the Eastern End of the Village of Halberton in the present Turnpike Road there, and leading partly along certain Highways through Spratford Green, and thence to the Highway leading from Burn Rew, and thence to the village of Willand aforesaid, and thence on to Bradfield Factory, and. thence to Lower Kentsford, and thence to Kentisbeer Moor, and thence into the Turnpike Road leading from Cullompton to Honiton. at or near a Field in the Occupation of Stephen Pyne; and also by opening a better Line of Communication from Tiverton towards Wellington in the County of Somerset, by making a new Piece of Road commencing near Putson Barn, on the present Turnpike lead leading from Tiverton to Halberton, through Part of Gornhay Farm in the Parish of Tiverton aforesaid, to a certain Highway there, and by making Turnpike the said Highway, with certain Diversions thereof, to Beam Bridge in the Parish of Sandford Arundell in the County of Somerset, where it will unite with the Turnpike Road leading from Tiverton to Wellington.

 

Purposes of the Act; That this Act shall be put in execution, for and during the Term herein-after mentioned, for the Purpose of more effectually repairing, widening, altering-, diverting, and from Time to Time amending, improving, and keeping in repair the Roads leading from Lowman Bridge in the Town of Tiverton, through the several Parishes of Tiverton, Halberton, Butterleigh. Bradninch, and Silverton, to a Place called the Workhouse, in the Town of Silverton; and from a Place called Hunt's House, in the said Parish of Tiverton, through the Parishes of Tiverton, Halberton, Sampford Peverell, Burlescombe, Culmstock, Holcombe Rogus, and Sandford Arundell, to a Place called the White Ball, in the said Parish of Sandford Arundell; and from the Way Post, in the Northeast End of Leonard Moor in the Parish of Burlescombe, in the Road between Tiverton and the White Ball aforesaid, through the several Parishes of Burlescombe, Haberton, Willand, and Cullompton, to a certain House known by the Sign of the While Hart, in Cullompton aforesaid; and from a certain Place called Exeter Hill Foot, through the several Parishes of Tiverton, Halberton, and Cullompton, to the While Hart in Cullompton aforesaid ; and from a Place called Burrough Corner, in the Parish of Halberton, through the Parishes of Halberton, Butterleigh, and Cullompton, to a Place called Burnaford otherwise Bunnival's Cross, in the Parishes of Cullompton and Bradninch ; and from the Eastern End of Broad Lane, in a Street called Westexe, in the said Town of Tiverton, through the several Parishes of Tiverton, Bickleigh Thorverton Cadbury, Cheriton Fitzpaine, Stockley Pomeroy, Shobrooke, Upton .Hellions, and Crediton, to a Place called Crediton Forches, in the said Parish of Crediton ; and from Wellbrooke Bridge in the said Town of Tiverton, through the several Parishes of Tiverton, Calverleigh, Loxbear, Stoodleigh, and Rackenford, to a Place called Cruwyshay House, in the said Parish of Rackenford; and from a Public House known by the Sign of the .Blue Bottle, in the Parish of Calverleigh, in the said Road to Cruwyshay Home, to the Smith's Shop at the West End of Templeton Hill, beyond the Brook of Water in the Road from Tiverton to Witheridge; and from a Place called Penny Park, in the said Parish of Tiverton, in the Way leading to Rackenford aforesaid, to a Place called Grubeare Bridge, in the said Parish of Tiverton ; and from a Place called Cottey House, in the said Parish of Tiverton, in theWay to Rackenford aforesaid, to a Place called Worthy Bridge, in the said Parish of Tiverton; and from a Place called the Bampton Inn in the said Town of Tiverton, through the Parishes of Tiverton and Bampton, over Bampton Down, to the Foot of the Bridge now building in Bampton Town; and from a Place called Bickleigh Bridge Cross, in the Road between Tiverton and Crediton Forches, over Bickleigh Bridge, through the Parishes of Tiverton, Bickleigh, and Silverton, to a certain House formerly called or known by the Sign of the Swan, in the Town of Silverton; and from the Town of Tiverton aforesaid to Bampton, by way of Bolham and Cove; and from Chapman's Bridge in the Parish of Bampton aforesaid, by way of Duval, Westbrooke, arid Wonham, into the Road near Exe Bridge Turnpike Gate, leading towards Dulverton, and which Road passes through or into the Parishes of Tiverton and Bampton aforesaid ; and from the Toll House near Bickleigh Bridge into the present Road from Tiverton to Exeter, between the Fourth and Fifth Mile Stones; and from the Bottom of Cobland Cross Hill, in the Parish of Bickleigh, into the said Road from Tiverton to Exeter, near the Sixth Mile Stone; and from the Corner of the said Road near Moony Bank Lane, through the said Lane, into the Exeter Turn­pike Road, near the Fifth Mile Stone; and from the Point of Junction of the new Exeter Road with the Tiverton Road, near Swafford Lake in the Parish of Stoke Canon, to Mary Pole Head, and from thence to the One Mile Post from the City of Exeter near Mary Pole Head; and for keeping in repair the Bridge called Bickleigh Bridge, in the Parish of Tiverton aforesaid, and other Bridges on the Line of the said Roads,

 

 

Select Committee on State of Roads 1840

James Randolph of Milverton (clerk to the Trust) reported;

There are 63 miles 53ch 72 yds of road through 26 parishes – all repaired by the parishes, not the trustees

30 toll gates

The greater part of the roads are stated to be “in good repair”, some part wanting repair, and other parts under repair  – no part under indictment for want of repair.

 

In “Return of length of road in each Turnpike Trust in England & Wales” Parl. Papers 1847-48 – (dated May 1848)

Trust reported 63 miles 6 furl. 0 yds (similar to 1840)

 

Report to Secretary of State 1851

JHC (1851)   WIVELISCOMBE ROAD.

The existing Local Act (the 6th of George IV., cap. 93) repealed the two previous Acts of the 26th and 46th of George III., and its term, which would have expired with the session of 1847, has been annually continued by the General Turnpike Trusts Continuance Acts until the 1st of November, 1851.

The sum of £6,350. was borrowed previously to 1825, and £17.825. since that date, including bonds given for land, and also the sum of £2,000. from the Exchequer Bill Loan Office, which has been repaid by annual instalments of £100, the last payment having been made in the year 1847. The debt remaining on the 1st January, 1850, was £21,825., with arrears of interest unpaid at that date of £7.842. The toll-income has been applied in payment of the salaries of officers (about £70; per annum), repairs to toll-houses and gates, and as far as the funds would permit in liquidation of the interest; but, being insufficient, the arrears of interest have been gradually increasing.

 

The length of main road is 28 miles, and of branch roads 35.5 miles—total 63.5 miles; the whole of which is repaired by the respective parishes, in addition to the payment of toll by the inhabitants at some of the 28 toll-gates and bars. Several of the toll-gates clear others, there being three full tolls authorized to be taken upon the new line of road, from Wiveliscombe to Bish Mills near South Molton, and one full toll upon each of the other roads of the Trust.

In the abstract of the annual accounts it will be observed that a salary of £20. has been allowed to the treasurer since 1847. In the previous year the former treasurer, who had acted without salary for 21 years, resigned the office, when it was ascertained that the sum of £1.069. 5s-.10d. was due from him, being the amount of interest due to creditors who had not called for the same, arising from the objectionable practice of charging the whole year's interest as paid, whereas portions thereof remained to be paid when applied for. The above sum of £1,069. 5s. 10d. has since been reduced to £460. 8s. 7d., which remains due from the late treasurer to 13 creditors, and the trustees have resolved to present him with 200 guineas as a reward for his past services, in part liquidation of his arrears. A new arrangement appears to have been made on the appointment of the present treasurer at a salary.

 

The renewal of the Local Act with the present rate of tolls, and with the rate of interest undiminished, will not tend to release the Trust from its present financial embarrassments, or relieve the .inhabitants from the double burthen of repairing the roads and paying the tolls thereon.

 

List of Roads

(WV indicates road identified and mapped in Somerset Roads – the Legacy of Turnpike, by Bentley and Murless 1985)

South Molton New Road (all in Devon); B3227 (was A396) from Bampton, westwards over Stuckeridge Bridge along the ridge, past Bullaford to merge with the new A361 which it follows as far as roundabout and then on again as B3227 to Bish Mill (about 15 mile)

Bampton Road (part in Devon) (WV1); B3227 (was A396) from Bampton, eastwards through Shillingford, into Somerset to Wiveliscombe and then on to Milverton (about 10 miles)

South Molton Old Road (all in Devon); UC road westwards from Exebridge, past junction with WV4 near Oldways End to Bullaford (was in part the old Barnstaple Road for Ogilby; made redundant by 1825 Act)  (about 9 miles)

Dulverton to Oldways End (WV4); UC road SW from Dulverton to Devon border (was the old Barnstaple Road for Ogilby; made redundant by 1825 Act)  (about 3 miles)

 

Wellington Road (WV2); B3187 from Milverton to Tone Bridge, Wellington (about 4 miles)

Monksilver Road (WV3); B3188 from Wiveliscombe, north to Monksilver (about 6 miles)

Hele Bridge Road (WV5); UC road from Wiveliscombe through Raddington Mill to Hele Bridge, east of Dulverton (was the old Minehead Road for Ogilby; made redundant by 1825 Act)  (about 10 miles)

Four Cross Ways Road (WV6); UC road (was B3190) from Wiveliscombe, NW through Huish Champflower to join b3190 at Four Cross ways (about 5 miles)

Holcombe Water Road (WV7); UC road from Wiveliscombe, N to Holcombe (about 4 miles)

Homebanes (Whiteball) Road (WV8); UC road from Wiveliscombe, south through Langford Budville to join A38 at Sampford Arundel (about 6 miles)

Roads around Wiveliscombe (WV9, 10, 11,) (about 4 miles)

Roads around Elworthy and Langford (WV12, 13 & 14,) short link roads (about 4 miles)

Raddington Mill Road (old Bampton Road) (WV15); UC road from Raddington Mill (on Hele Bridge road) Bridge, West of Bampton (made redundant by 1825 Act)  (about 5 miles)

 

Note that roads running north from centre of Bampton were Minehead Turnpike Trust

 

Wiveliscombe Milestone Typical Wiveliscombe mileplate used in Devon on new road to South Molton

 

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Known Tollhouses (extracts from Tollhouse National database) 23 sites identified of the 30 reported by the trust in 1840) (survivors in bold)

Road Classification Number

Route

GATE NAME

OS Grid Ref- Prefi

Easting

Northing

District

Civil Parish

Location (Name or Number)

Road or Street (see across)

Position

Evidence

Revised 23rd Sept 2013

B3227

Wiveliscombe to Bampton

Shillingford

SS

981

239

DVMD

BAMPTON

near Barleycorn Inn

 

 

OS 1st Series; ; ;

B3227

South Molton to Bampton

Stuckeridge

SS

933

215

DVMD

BAMPTON

Black Cat, Sturridge Bridge

South Molton Road, bank of River Exe close to Black Cat Garage

OS 1st Series; ; ;

B3227

South Molton to Bampton

Bullyford (Bulliver)

SS

809

258

DVND

KNOWSTONE

Bullaford Moor

 

 

OS 1st Series; ; ;

B3227

South Molton to Bampton

High Bolham

SS

901

222

DVND

OAKFORD

 

 

 

; ; ;

B3227

South Molton to Bampton

Bish Mill (Lower)

SS

747

256

DVND

SOUTH MOLTON

now under roundabout

 

 

; ; ;

Waterrow Bridge

ST

052

254

SOTA

BATHEALTON

by Waterrow bridge was a turnpike house shown on a plan of Hurstone in 1848

 

; ; ;

UC road

Fitzhead to Pond Close

Pitsford Hill

ST

12

30

SOTA

FITZHEAD

Pitsford Hill

intention to erect 1822

 

; ; ;

B3187

Wiveliscombe to Wellington

Runnington

ST

11

21

SOTA

LANGFORD BUDVILLE

Milverton Road, Runnington

 

 

; ; Turnpike Trust Returns 1824; toll advert 1824;

B3187

Wiveliscombe to Wellington

Langford

ST

115

233

SOTA

LANGFORD BUDVILLE

 

 

 

; ; Turnpike Trust Returns 1824; advert for lease of tolls 1826.;

UC road

street

Milverton

ST

12

26

SOTA

MILVERTON

Turnpike Cottage, Turnpike

 

assume street name - and TP was on corner

; ; Turnpike Trust Returns 1824; advert for lease of tolls 1824 & 26.;

UC road

Milverton to Halse

Halse

ST

13

27

SOTA

MILVERTON

Halse

intention to erect 1824

 

; ; ;

North Street

ST

1242

2486

SOTA

MILVERTON

North Street

 

 

; ; ;

UC road

Whiteball to Holywell Lake (off A38)

Blacksmith's shop Homebanes

ST

10

20

SOTA

SAMPFORD ARUNDEL

Blacksmith's shop Homebanes

intention to erect 1824

 

; ; ;

 

Castle stop

ST

2

2

SOTA

TAUNTON

 

 

 

; ; toll advert 1824;

 

Tolland Lane

ST

10

32

SOTA

TOLLAND

Tolland Lane

intention to erect 1824

 

; ; ;

B3188

Watchet to Wellington

Grant's Lane (Ford)

ST

09113

28558

SOTA

WIVELISCOMBE

Ford Gate Cottage

Ridge Hill, Ford (jct with Grant's Lane)

beside small jct near stream crossing

; ; Turnpike Trust Returns 1824; toll advert 1824;

A361

Taunton to Bampton

East

ST

0846

2773

SOTA

WIVELISCOMBE

No. 3 Ford Road and April Cottage

 

beside a close called Tollgate, at jct with B3188 to Watchet

; ; Turnpike Trust Returns 1824; advert for lease of tolls 1824 & 26.;

Wiveliscombe to Wellington

Hartswell

ST

08

30

SOTA

WIVELISCOMBE

Hartswell (S out of town)

 

 

; ; Turnpike Trust Returns 1824; Toll advert 1824;

 

Langley

ST

08

30

SOTA

WIVELISCOMBE

Langley (N out of town)

 

 

; ; Turnpike Trust Returns 1824; Toll advert 1824;

A361

Taunton to Bampton

West

ST

078

277

SOTA

WIVELISCOMBE

by the almshouses

 

 

OS 1st Series; ; Turnpike Trust Returns 1824; advert for lease of tolls 1824 & 26.;

 

Tuckwell Lane

ST

14

37

SOWS

CROWCOMBE

Tuckwell Lane

intention to erect 1824

 

; ; ;

B3188

Wivelsiscombe to Monksilver

Elworthy Cross

ST

09

28

SOWS

ELWORTHY

Elworthy Cross

 

 

; ; Turnpike Trust Returns 1824;

 

Rocksnest

ST

09

38

SOWS

STOGUMBER

Rocksnest, Hartow

intention to erect 1822

 

; ; ;

 

Known Milestones

In the Milestone Society Database, 1 milestone has been are identified in Devon and 4 in Somerset. Based on the Trust’s reported mileage in 1840, would expect 20 in Devon and 43 in Somerset.

 

Mentions in Exeter Flying Post

 (excluding notices of meetings and letting of tolls)

new turnpike to Wiveliscombe opened

27-Sep

1827