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Siding Road, Aldington (Sidings Lane)

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Roads and paths in Badsey and Aldington

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Click on the image above to see this road on the Worcestershire County Council GIS website with the digitised historical maps. Click on the image below to view the original enclosure map.

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Photos taken 2006. Aerial photo: a6939


There is just one house on this road: a Toll House built in the mid 19th century. In 1807, when the Enclosure Map was drawn, Siding Road did not exist. The Toll House which was built later in the century was actually situated on Littleton Turnpike Road which had been described in the Award Schedules as follows: "And we the said Commissioners do hereby certify and declare that we have not diverted changed or altered any Turnpike Road leading into through and over the Hamlet of Aldington aforesaid but have left the Turnpike Road leading from Bengworth to Littleton we have set out and continued also of the breadth of forty feet."

In the early 1850s, the Oxford, Worcester & Wolverhampton Railway was built, with a small section of it crossing the intersection of the Littleton Turnpike Road (current-day Offenham Road) and Pitwell Road (current-day Main Street). This necessitated the north-western end of Pitwell Road being stopped up and a new road had to be created to provide access to the Turnpike Road, and also to the railway sidings. Aldington Siding was open in the summer months for goods train traffic to collect produce. This map drawn up by the Road Surveyor in 1846 shows the planned diversion.

The present-day single property on the road abuts Offenham Road on the west and Siding Road on the north, but the address given in the 20th century was Siding Road because that was where the entrance was located. However, in 2006, whilst the address is given as Toll Gate, Siding Road, on the Electoral Roll, it appears just as Siding Cottage with no road on the Royal Mail database. Until recently, there was a road sign saying The Sidings, but this no longer exists.

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Toll Gate or Siding Cottage (Aldington Map A021)

Until the early 19th century, this land was part of the common fields of Aldington. In 1808, when the Aldington Enclosure Commissioners made their awards, this plot of land was allotted to Thomas Byrd as his first allotment: "To and for Thomas Bird, Gentleman, all those three several pieces or parcels of Land and hereinafter mentioned and described (that is to say), All that piece or parcel of Land situate in Newland Piece, Newland Butts, the Seven Lands, Styers Knap Furlong and places adjacent containing eighty acres two roods and fifteen perches, bounded on the North-East by Pitwell Road, on part of the East by the second Allotment, and on part of the South and on part of the East by the first Allotment herein Awarded to the said Edward Laugher, on other part of the South and on the remaining part of the East by the Allotment herein Awarded to the said Marchioness of Downshire and Sir John Dashwood King, Lessees as aforesaid, on other parts of the South and on parts of the West by Bengworth new Inclosures, and the remaining part of the West by the Littleton Turnpike Road. The Fences for inclosing the said Allotment are those on the North-East against Pitwell Road, those on the East at Newland Butts against the Allotment herein Awarded to the said Marchioness of Downshire and Sir John Dashwood King, Lessees as aforesaid, and those on the West against the last mentioned Turnpike Road." In the 1850s, after the building of the railway, a Toll Gate house was erected in the north-western section of the field, adjacent to the Aldington Turnpike Road. The Toll Gate house remained in Byrd family until the early 1920s when a number of Byrd properties were sold after the death of Thomas Byrd (1836-1919), the grandson of the Thomas Byrd mentioned in the Award Schedules. It was bought by John Byrd (no relation); his descendants own the property to this day.

Where they are available, links are provided to historical information about places and buildings. This index of roads and paths in Badsey and Aldington was compiled as part of the Badsey Society Enclosure Map Project. The house numbers and names are correct as at May 2006. Every care has been taken to provide accurate information, but if you are aware of any error, please contact us. If you wish to provide a history or memories of an individual house on this road, please email History@badsey.net.

Badsey is a large working village in Worcestershire, England. Aldington is a smaller village in the same parish. The Badsey Society exists to promote the understanding and study of the villages and the surrounding area. The Enclosure Map Project traces the development of the villages since the publication of enclosure maps in 1807 and 1812. The Society is grateful for a grant received from the Local Heritage Initiative.
Updated 7 July 2013. Email History@badsey.net.