Huddersfield and Woodhead Turnpike Road

The Huddersfield & Woodhead Turnpike was a 14-mile toll road passing through Lockwood, Honley, Holmfirth, Holmbridge, Holme, and over Holme Moss to reach Woodhead in Cheshire[1] near to the border with Derbyshire. It reportedly opened in 1768.

The route passed through the following toll points marked on the 1854 O.S. maps:

From Lockwood, the route originally climbed Taylor Hill Road to reach Berry Brow, and then along Robin Hood Hill and Hanging Stone Road. However, this section was replaced circa 1810 with a lower-level valley road between Lockwood and Honley (the present-day Woodhead Road).[3]

The route is now the A616 from Chapel Hill to Honley, then A6024 to Woodhead. The only major deviation appears to be a realignment of the road to remove a hairpin bend at old Heyden Bridge over the Withens Brook.

Route

The route of the post 1810 turnpike road is shown below, along with toll points and milestone:

Notes and References

  1. Re-organisation of local governments in 1974 saw Woodhead become part of Derbyshire.
  2. Lockwood Toll House is not marked on the map, but known to have existed.
  3. The History of Lockwood and North Crosland (1980) by Brian Clarke. Huddersfield Highways Down the Ages (1949) by W.B. Crump, page 54.

Huddersfield and Woodhead Turnpike Road

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This page was last modified on 11 December 2018 and has been edited by Dave Pattern.

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