Darlington Turnpike Deeds

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  • Reference
      GB 33 DTP
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      89 items

Scope and Content

The documents concern four turnpike roads passing through Darlington, Co. Durham: the Post Road from Boroughbridge to Durham; the road from Stockton to Barnard Castle via Winstone; the Coal Road from Darlington to West Auckland; and the road from Cockerton Bridge to Staindrop. Apart from a few leases of turnpike houses and toll bars, and 2 documents about the bridge over Baydale Beck, they are all concerned with the practice of financing the roads by mortgaging tolls.

Administrative / Biographical History

See Scope and content.


Arranged by road, grouped by mortgage, and then in chronological order.

Access Information

Open for consultation.

Acquisition Information

This artificial collection, formed by the University Library, was acquired in four groups, at the same times as the deeds appended to the South Durham Deeds collection: (a) pre-1950, source unknown; (b) bought in 1981 from McDowell & Stern of York; (c) bought in 1981 from M. Finlay; (d) by exchange from Durham County Record Office.

Other Finding Aids

Online catalogue, available at online catalogue

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Sub-Librarian, Special Collections (e-mail PG.Library@durham.ac.uk) and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. The Library will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Custodial History

Items from more than one of the groups were at some time in the hands of the Darlington bookseller J.C. Brigham.