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Helen F
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16 of 18  Thu 21st Jan 2016 1:26pm  
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About tolls, turnpikes and their demise Coventry is mentioned in this bit about toll roads. Obviously the balance between extracting as much money from passers by and putting them off altogether is older than I thought. New technology throws the rule book out each time.
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Betula56
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17 of 18  Mon 25th Jan 2016 9:28am  
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Thanks to the 'Find My Past' free weekend, I have managed to download a copy of the 1841 census page (Folio17 p27) It shows a John Sexton, living in Holyhead Road, occupation Toll Gate Keeper. In the 1841 census, house numbers or names were rarely recorded...... as far as I know. On the same page, The Steane and Hewitt families were listed as resident in Holyhead Road We then move to the 1851 census, where those two families were listed as living at 80 and 81 Holyhead Rd.... Mr Sexton and family have now moved to London where he is employed as a clerk. This doesn't prove close proximity.... indeed both pictures, at the time when they were painted, suggest that the toll house did not have any near neighbours. However, it might seem reasonable to asume that they weren't that far apart either. Edited by member, 26th Jan 2016 12:57 pm
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Helen F
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18 of 18  Sat 5th Mar 2016 9:37pm  
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Found another copy (uncoloured) on Ebay An attractive copper line engraving on paper by J. Walker. Published by J. Walker in "The Itinerant: A select collection of interesting and picturesque views, in Great Britain and Ireland", London, June1794 J Walker was the artist and the engraver and was at 16 Rosemont Street
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