Local Turnpikes


General Points

A turnpike was a road or highway which was controlled by a turnpike trust and maintained by tolls exacted from those who used the roads.

The Turnpike Acts established the trusts and provided for the construction of better roads and highways, and the system of collecting tolls brought about some improvement.

In the 1860s, Parliament decided that roads should be paid for out of council rates, initiating the system we have today. Turnpike trusts began to wind up and they had almost all gone by the 1890s

The name turnpike comes from that of the revolving frame bearing spikes which served as a barrier at some early toll-gates.

The roads had to be wide enough for 2 carts to pass and to allow room for their whips, or for 16 soldiers to march side-by-side.

Some Local Turnpikes

Bradford-Huddersfield Turnpike
Brighouse & Denholme Gate Road, Northowram
Brighouse-Denholme Gate Turnpike

Cragg Vale Turnpike

Dewsbury & Elland Turnpike Road

Elland & Obelisk Turnpike

Godley Lane Head to Norwood Green Turnpike

Halifax & Huddersfield Turnpike Road
Halifax & Keighley Turnpike
Halifax, Burnley & Littleborough Turnpike
Halifax to Blackstone Edge Turnpike
Halifax to Hebden Bridge Turnpike
Hebden Bridge to Lees Turnpike

Kirklees & Elland Turnpike

Leeds & Whitehall Turnpike
Leeds-Elland Turnpike
Leeds to Halifax Turnpike

Mytholmroyd Bridge & Blackstone Edge Turnpike

Oldham & Ripponden turnpike

Rochdale to Halifax & Elland Turnpike

Sheffield & Halifax Turnpike
Sowerby Bridge to Salterhebble Turnpike
Stainland to Sowerby Bridge Turnpike

Todmorden Turnpike

Wibsey, Low Moor & Huddersfield Turnpike

Some other links

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Revised 16:08 / 17th January 2024 / 5921

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