Today's photo shows the former toll house on Manchester Road in Mossley.
Manchester Road was built in 1825 by a private turnpike trust who charged tolls for users of the road. A gate or bar blocked the road, which was opened on payment of the toll. The toll gate keeper lived in the cottage so that he was available throughout the day.
Before 1825 there was no road running along the valley bottom. The earlier turnpike roads, Stockport Road and Huddersfield Road had run high up along the valley sides.
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