Heritage Locations

Melksham Road Toll House, Box.

Handsome 19th century stone toll house


Period of construction:
1800 - 1849

Transport Trust plaque:

Transport Mode:

Devizes Road, Box, Corsham, Wilts SN13 8EJ

SN13 8EJ

Nearest Town:

Heritage Centre:

This fine stone toll house is thought to have been built for the Melksham Turnpike Trust in 1830-40. It is in the form of a lodge cottage with protruding front.

Its external features consist of a single-storey on a floor plan of canted bay front, with two wings. It has a hipped, hip over bay, roof, with walls mainly of squared stone. It is roofed in slate, has mullioned windows with casements, and an open porch with a round arch headed doorway. There is drip moulding around the windows and a central chimney stack in stone.

The building is Listed Grade II.


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Opening Times:
Visible at all times but privately occupied

How To Find:
By Road: On A365


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