The Greenfield and Shepley Lane Head Turnpike was first proposed in 1805, although it seems likely the scheme was never submitted for Parliamentary approval.
The route was surveyed by Thomas Dinsley (c.1791-1843) in 1819.
By June 1823, the turnpike trustees were advertising for tenders relating to "forming, making, stoning, and fencing" the new road.
A route from Greenfield to Huddersfield was opened up by the building of the turnpike road to Meltham in 1825 which connected to the turnpike road and then to the Huddersfield and Woodhead Turnpike at Lockwood.
From Greenfield, the route passed through the following toll points marked on the 1854 O.S. maps:
The turnpike trust was wound up in 1874.
The approximate route of the turnpike road, based on the 1854 O.S. map, is shown below: