Sometime in the early 17th century, a “road” was established from Sunderland towards Newcastle. It ended where it joined the Great North Road (Sunderland Road End). At this time such roads in Gateshead had many uses other than for traffic. Fly tipping is not new and these tracks became unusable until some form of control was introduced. Parish councils became responsible for the clearing and collection of money for the work. Toll Houses were introduced and road users had to pay (sound familiar ?) Such roads were known as Turnpikes. A toll booth was installed at Felling (Kirton's Toll) and a gated barrier crossed the road close to where the Pear Tree Inn still stands today (Indian restaurant now). The Toll House was still inhabited up to at least the late 1950s The Felling Gate Club was also a reminder of the tolls which were collected by Kirton's.
Information from Genuki, A Short History of Gateshead and my own memory of the area as I lived nearby.
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