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Turnpike and Packhorse Roads in North Staffordshire
"The public roads throughout the District (like most other roads in
the kingdom) were in a very wretched plight, narrow, circuitous,
miry and inconvenient…
1448 - Richard Adams and his brother William were fined for 'digging clay by the road' between Burslem and Sneyd.
1768 – Arthur Young in his ‘Tour through the North of England’ said of the road from Knutsford to Newcastle ‘a more dreadful road cannot be imagined….. the ruts and holes most execrable – let me persuade all travellers to avoid this terrible country’
year 1762 we have the following petition presented to Parliament in
favour of an Act for making a Turnpike Road, from the Liverpool and
London Road at Lawton, to Stoke-upon-Trent; there to unit with the
Newcastle and Uttoxeter Turnpike Road, which had recently been
Opposition from Newcastle:
By 1720 white clay and flint from the south of England was being brought by sea and river to Winsford in Cheshire or Willington in Derbyshire.
Then by packhorse along the trackways to the Potteries
Because of the vested interest of the Newcastle Turnpike Trustees there was strong opposition to the turnpiking of the alternative route from Stoke directly to join the main road at Church Lawton. The Mayor, Bailiffs and Burgesses, Gents, Clergy and principal inhabitants of the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme stated ……....
1763 - The potters petitioned Parliament to build turnpike roads. The corporation of Newcastle-under-Lyme opposed this move since it would mean a loss of revue to the town - they had their own toll gates.
A House of Commons Committee called for evidence from the petitioners and in 1763 Wedgwood told them that the roads were "in very bad condition, narrow in some parts, and in the Winter Season impassable in many places". Parliament granted their Bill and turnpikes were constructed.