I have been following the conversation about the toll gate in Tavistock with
some interest. I assumed by the conversation the little bridge over the Tavy
River was the site of the gate discussed.
There was another toll gate at Hawkin Shop north of Tavistock about one mile
on the Mount Tavy Road at Taviton. Our descendent-William Dashper worked at
the mill behind the toll gate as a millwright. Other members of my family
lived at Hawkin Shop as well-Rapson. My sister and I visited the little
toll house in 2000 and 2005. The original saw mill behind it burned down
years ago although there is a small factory there now.
The story we were told was Lord Bedford charged to use the road. Lumber was
hauled by wagon from the moors to Tavistock to make charcoal. The narrower
the wheels on the wagons the higher the toll since the narrow wheels did
more damage to Lord Bedford's roads.
My interests in Tavistock:
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