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Somerset Historic Environment Record

24587

Site Name: Eighteenth-century Turnpike road, East Brent to Thurloxton
Civil Parish: Bawdrip, Brent Knoll, Bridgwater Without, Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge, Burnham Without, Pawlett, Puriton, Thurloxton, West Huntspill, North Perrott, Bridgwater
Comprises:
PRN 10193Milestone, North Petherton
PRN 12469Canal bridge, Old Taunton Road, Bridgwater
PRN 14912No 43 Toll House, Monmouth Street (West side), Bridgwater
PRN 16753Milestone, 10 Church Street, Highbridge
PRN 17163Milestone, A38, Thurloxton
PRN 17180Milestone, West Huntspill
PRN 17922Milestone, Bristol Road, Bridgwater Without.
PRN 18026Milestone, Rhyne Bridge, North Petherton
PRN 26718Milestone, North Petherton
PRN 26719Boundary Post, Bridgwater
Grid Ref: ST 3481 5076 (ST 35 SW)
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Public access:

The public accessibility of this site is unknown or has not been checked. Please ask locally and do not visit without permission. [Information last updated on 05 July 2007]

Details:

A turnpike road of the Bridgwater Trust. The Thurloxton to Bridgwater length was turnpiked in 1730. The Bristol Road section, which ran via Crandon Bridge, was only extended as far as Puriton. The remaining section to the East Brent parish boundary was turnpiked in 1759 to join the continuation of the Bristol Trust (PRN 12883). The North Petherton to Huntworth Gate section was rebuilt in 1921-22 using experimental materails. The road was realigned at Compass in 1957 and the M5 link was added in 1969.

A number of other diversions have been undertaken, some of which involved the Unemployment Relief Works of the 1920s. In most cases the original road exists. {1}

Photos exist of the road before various C20 improvements. {2}

References:

1 Detailed records - Bentley, JB and Murless, BJ. Somerset Roads: The Legacy of the Turnpikes. Phase 1 - Western Somerset.  (1985), BW/1.
2 Photographs - Photographs of the A38, Cross - Puriton turn at Pawlett.  (c.1920) Available at Archives and Records at Somerset Heritage Centre Reference: DD/Somerset Industrial Archaeology Society/26
3 Photographs - Photographs of the A38, Cross - Puriton turn at Pawlett.  (c.1920) Available at Archives and Records at Somerset Heritage Centre Reference: DD/SIAS/26

Record created on 05 July 2007

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