Merton Double-gates

Merton Double-gates

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Partial / Incomplete Date c.1870
Area Mitcham
Copyright 1 London Borough of Merton
Picture Reference Mit_​TomFrancis_​Ln270
Original Format Photo
Photographer / Origin of Photo Tom Francis
Notes / History Part of the old tollgate structure used on the former turnpike road.

In 1755, a turnpike act authorised the "amending, widening and keeping in repair [of] the roads from Epsom through Ewell to Tooting and from Ewell to Kingston upon Thames..." This allowed landowners and turnpike trustees to erect toll-gates at points along the local highway.

Vehicle owners were charged a fee before they could pass through the double-gates at Merton, or the single-gate at Colliers Wood. Levies varied according to the type of Vehicle.

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