TQ3809 : Ashcombe Toll House

taken 9 years ago, near to Kingston Near Lewes, East Sussex, Great Britain

Ashcombe Toll House
Ashcombe Toll House
Curious relic from the age of the turnpike. Located at the original junction of the A27 and Ashcombe Hollow, the former has been moved few yards to the north the latter to the right has now been blocked off and a new route takes the lane down to Ashcombe Farm Roundabout. Originally there was a pair but the northern one has been lost to road widening. The existence of fireplaces within the structure has lead some to believe this was the domestic part of the tollgate, the collection area having been lost over time. A door is on the northern side and there are two windows either side, the roof was originally bricked in a circular fashion but was stolen in the 1940s before East Sussex County Council restored it in the 1950s. The tollgate opened in 1820 and probably went into disuse when the turnpike was wound up in 1871, after that ownership became a little blurred and was claimed by Sussex Heritage Society in 1996 and has never been contested. There are occasional open days to view the inside, see LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) for some inside views.
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TQ3809, 25 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 8 February, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 9 February, 2009
Category
Toll house   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 389 092 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:51.9645N 0:1.6436W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 389 092
View Direction
West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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