The Huddersfield & New Hey Turnpike was a 16-mile toll road passing through Marsh, Salendine Nook, Outlane, Pool Moor, Buckstones Moss, Denshaw and Haugh, to reach New Hey in Lancashire at the junction with the Shaw & Rochdale Turnpike.
The construction was authorised by an Act of Parliament passed in 1806.
The route passes through the following toll points marked on the 1854 O.S. maps:
- two Toll Point Chains at Marsh:
- one at the junction with Blacker Lane (now Edgerton Grove Road), named as Pitts Wood Toll House on the 1851 Town Plan
- one at the junction with Gledholt Lane (now Gledholt Road), shown only as a chain on the 1851 Town Plan
- Outlane Toll Point — at the junction with Stainland Road
- Red Lane Dike Toll Point — at the junction with Royal George Road (now Quebec Road)
- Denshaw Toll Point — still exists (Google Street View)
- Junction Toll Point
- Bradley Toll Point
The route is now the A640, although the current road makes a small number of diversions from the turnpike road.
In 1840, the Parliamentary Commissioners for Inquiring into the State of the Roads in England and Wales reported the following details of the road:
- 19 miles 756 yards with 8 toll-gates, passing through the townships and hamlets of Huddersfield, Marsh, Lindley, Longwood, Fixby, Rastrick, Stainland, Scammonden, Slaithwaite, Marsden-in-Huddersfield, Fryer Meer, and Butterworth.
- "Some part of the road is in bad repair, the remainder is in tolerable good condition".
Outlane & Rastrick Branch
A branch of the turnpike (now the A643) was also built to Rastrick at the same time as the main turnpike.
Barkisland & Elland Branch and Buckstones & Barkisland Branch
Two further branches of the Huddersfield and New Hey Turnpike are marked on the 1850s O.S. maps and are believed to have been built following an Act in 1838.
The route of the turnpike road, including the branches, is shown below:
Notes and References
- ↑ Specifically around Outlane at the intersection with the M62, the subsequent road bridge across the motorway, and the diversion between Dowry Reservoir and New Years Bridge Reservoir.