A458 road

A458 road

UK road routebox
road= A458
length-mi= 86
length-km= 138
direction= West-East
start= Mallwyd
destinations= Welshpool
end= Halesowen
junctions= ukroadsmall|470

The A458 is a route on the UK highway network that runs from Mallwyd, near Machynlleth, in Wales, to Halesowen, near Stourbridge, in England. On the way it passes through Welshpool, Shrewsbury, Much Wenlock, Bridgnorth and Stourbridge.


Welshpool to Shrewsbury

The road was one of several from "Welch Gate and Cotton Hill" ("sic") turnpiked on 1758. [Statute, 31 Geo. II, c.67. ] Between Buttington and Halfway House the original course of the road was abandoned after it was disturnpiked in 1837. It was replaced by a new road built along the foot of Moelygolfa (hill), built in 1801. This Turnpike Trust ended in 1877. [B. Trinder, "Industrial Archaeology of Shropshire", 192 255]

hrewsbury to Bridgnorth

This road is likely to be Anglo-Saxon in origin, as it links the burhs of Bridgnorth and Shrewsbury. It was used by the army of Henry I, which cleared trees near it on Wenlock Edge to make the road safe. The road was turnpiked in 1752, the trust being solely concerned with this road. It remained a turnpike until 1875. [Statute, 25 Geo. II, c.49; B. Trinder, 253. ]

Bridgnorth to Stourbridge

The final section of the road was a late creation, consisting of a road laid out in 1805 when Morfe Heath was inclosed (as far as Six Ashes and then various existing roads for the rest of its route. This was turnpiked in 1816 and remained under the controil of a trust until 1877. [Statute 56 Geo. III, c.16; B. Trinder, 258. ]


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