Monday, 5 July 2021

Road Development in Tiverton

The Tiverton Museum article on page 27 in this month's edition of the Mid Devon One Magazine is all about how the road infrastructure developed in Tiverton and the surrounding area.

Tollhouse on the road from
Tiverton to Halberton, c.1890s
The coming of the railways in the 19th century caused the use and profitability of turnpike roads to decline, and by 1895 the turnpike system had ceased to exist. Though the railway system took people and goods through the county, it did not penetrate into some of the more remote places, so in many areas the road system continued to serve the needs of local people. When the car and bus arrived on the scene the infrastructure was there, albeit somewhat narrow and winding.

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