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Monday 4th July 2011 10:03

Question:
Have you any information about the toll road, which is now By-way 17 Heddington and Byway 49 Bromham?

Answer:
This is part of the old road between London and Bath. It diverged from the London - Bristol road in the 17th century and was in use until the mid to late 18th century. It was turnpiked in 1713 - the red brick turnpike cottage of 1713 is still on the Heddington/Bromham boundary - and disturnpiked in 1790, after which time part of it regressed into a track. You will find it on a range of maps, especially Andrews and Dury's Map of Wiltshire, 1773. You will also find it on Ordnance Survey sheets from the 1820s, especially on the larger scale, 6” and 25” to the mile, maps from the 1880s.

One useful book is The Great Bath Road, by Daphne Phillips; Countryside Books, 1983 0 905392 26 4. This provides information about the early route, including a map of the 1780s.

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