Map D: The Ironbridge Gorge

Jiggers Bank & Toll House

Summary

 

 

Site of Toll House at bottom of Jiggers Bank

Site of Toll House at bottom of Jiggers Bank

In 1818, a toll road from Coalbrookdale to Wellington, via Jiggers Bank, was opened. The term 'Jigg' was a common name given to an inclined roadway to a mine.

 

It is believed that the expression, 'to Jigg them' referred to vehicles using such a roadway. On the Horsehay to Coalbrookdale railway, the trucks had a rudimentary braking system controlled by a long pole called a 'Jig Pole'.

 

The man operating the 'Jigg pole' was called the 'Jigger'. It is possible that the name 'Jiggers Bank' came from these terms.

 

Toll House at bottom of Jiggers bank c.1860

Toll House at bottom of Jiggers bank c.1860

 


 

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