Littleborough’s History

More details on the Public Houses and Inns referred to in the following pages are included in “A History of Littleborough Pubs” now at a special price of £6.99

Acknowledgement is given to Mr A Rosevear and his website www.turnpikes.co.uk for his assistance and provision of details and clarification; to “A Lancashire Lion” by James L Maxim; to West York's Archaeological Services, Report on the Blackstone Edge ‘Roman Road’, To Halifax Antiquarian Society – papers by J H Priestley 1952 & 1953 and to Pennine Turnpike by Gledhill 1952.

Updated February 2019


Map of roads based on Open Street Map

Turnpike Toll Roads

Most of the main roads in use today were once Turnpike Toll Roads. Those in and around Littleborough and their dates were:

1. 1734 Blackstone Edge Turnpike – Old and New Roads covered between Smallbridge (later Rochdale) to Halifax;

2. 1759 Whitelees to Doghills (Dean Head) via Calderbrook;

3. 1777 (completed by 1786) Dean Head (Doghills) to Todmorden;

4. 1824 Steanor Bottom to Littleborough - Todmorden Road Turnpike;

Other Toll Roads:

Hollingworth Private Road;

Hollingworth to Rakewood Road;

Hollingworth Lake track;

Mr Entwistle’s Road;



The Society has published a report detailing current knowledge on all local turnpike roads revealed by our investigations are included with the Booklet:-


Littleborough’s History

 Turnpike and other Toll Roads in and around Littleborough

 by Bernard Pratt


Available from the History Centre priced £3.50 ea