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The Toll House and Weighbridge House in the 1920s. Percy Robinson.

The Toll House and Weighbridge, Trumpington

The Toll house and weighbridge on Trumpington High Street

The High Street follows the route from the south to Cambridge. From the 1720s, two turnpike roads merged here: from Barkway (Hauxton Road) and Great Chesterford (Shelford Road) . The tollhouse on the west side of the High Street was built in 1811, with a weighbridge added to its right in 1863.

Trumpington Timeline 1811 on Trumpington Local History website

Then and Now (David Gent) – Trumpington High Street, Toll House and Weighbridge.

In the 1720s, two turnpike roads merged a few yards south of here, one from the Royston direction and the other from the Shelford direction. The toll-house was built in 1811, with a weighbridge added to its right in 1863.

Toll House, Trumpington postmarked 1908

The first picture is from a postcard posted marked 1908. It was posted to a Miss Ferguson at 55 Mill Road, Cambridge. The text made me smile. It reads…. If fine tomorrow I might walk into Kings, if so would call round to see if the “milkman” has been, unless it would be inconvenient to you, then perhaps you would send me a P.C., yours Edith.  Yes, the word milkman really is in in inverted commas, I wonder who he really was? Also, an amazing postal service back then, sending a postcard and expecting a reply in time to sort out plans for the following day!

Toll House, Trumpington (photo DG 2022)

Second picture taken July this year



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