In 1826 a letter was written by John Hollest esq. to his MP G Jervoise of Herrriard House asking for his support for a diversion of the turnpike away from Hindhead and instead through Farnham to Petersfield. The ascent over Hindhead had long been an impediment to travelling and he suggested this shorter and flatter route.
This would pass from Farnham through the Forests of Alice Holt and Woolmer and one or two of the Inclosure portions of the Forest. Therefore application had been made to the Commissioner of Woods and Forests and a plan submitted for his approval. This was given and the Turnpike Road was shortly begun.
The new route allowed easier access to the hop poles grown in the forest and required by the hop fields of Farnham and also a better route to Portsmouth. A toll-house was built to the north of Bordon at Sleaford and the next one in the south was at Greatham.
The one at Sleaford was a stone, one storey building which after a number of years acquired a two storey tin extension.
The Toll House
(picture by artist Victor Ambrus)
Site of the Toll House today
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