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Toll cottages were situated on turnpike roads for the collection of tolls from passing traffic. Because of its situation and atmospheric interior, this is a popular location for visitors and a starting point for our Victorian Workshops.

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Read to pupils The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. Ask them to identify examples of imagery, especially metaphors and similes or imagine you are the toll keeper. You see a wealthy traveller pass the Toll Cottage.  Who is he? Where is he going? Why is he on this journey? Do you ever wish you could take a journey?

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Turnpike Trusts The upkeep of medieval roads was the responsibility of landowners; Tudor legislation gave the task to the parish. In 1663 Turnpike Trusts were introduced Details