Heritage Locations

Old Man's Gate Toll House, Oxford.

Remarkably original early 19th century toll house


Period of construction:
1800 - 1849

Transport Trust plaque:

Transport Mode:

566 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 8EH


Nearest Town:

Heritage Centre:

The principal structure of this building is thought to have been built for the Kidlington and Deddington Turnpike Trust in the 19th century. It takes the form of a lodge house with protruding front. Currently it is a domestic property with only minor changes to the original tollhouse structure.

External features; two-storeys on canted bay front with two wings floor plan, having a hipped with outshut to side roof, with walls mainly of squared stone, roofed in slate, mullioned windows with casements, no porch with a Gothick arch headed doorway; space above doorway for tollboard, stone drip moulding above windows and door.

This house is one of the best surviving, toll-houses in the area and its quality suggests that, even after the advent of the railways, the trust was still confident of maintaining its income. The 1878 OS map shows a weighing engine sited on the opposite side of the road to the toll-house. It is Listed Grade II.


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Opening Times:
Visible at all times but privately occupied

How To Find:
By road: On A4165, Banbury Road


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