28. Tolls House

The first house on the south side of Percival St, off the Market Square, was the tolls house in 1850. Tolls represented a levy on all goods sold in the market place, payable to the baron of the fair. It was probably the house of the toll-collector. To the rear of this house there was a pound, while diagonally across the Square stood the town’s market house (no. 1) for close to two centuries. All these were part of the old manorial system. The Lane behind the Tolls house (Kelly’s Bar ) was called Pound Lane .