The Round House, Stanton Drew

The Round House (also known as The Toll House) at Stanton Drew in the English county of Somerset was built in the 18th century. It has been designated as a Grade II listed building.[1]

Round House
Native name
Toll House
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LocationStanton Drew, Somerset, England
Coordinates51°22′13″N 2°34′52″W / 51.37028°N 2.58111°W / 51.37028; -2.58111Coordinates: 51°22′13″N 2°34′52″W / 51.37028°N 2.58111°W / 51.37028; -2.58111
Built18th century
Listed Building – Grade II
Designated4 December 1986[1]
Reference no.1136251
The Round House, Stanton Drew is located in Somerset
The Round House, Stanton Drew
Location of Round House in Somerset

The two-storey thatched building is hexagonal in plan.[1] It is on the road between Chew Magna and Pensford and close to the bridge over the River Chew.

It was built around 1793 by the West Harptree Turnpike Trust and served as a toll house when turnpikes were in use.[2][3] A pouch hung on a hook over the door was used by coach drivers to pay the toll.[4]

In the 1850s it was home to the Burridge family who acted as the toll collectors until the Turnpike Trust was abolished in 1876.[3] From 1896 to the 1940s was lived in by Frederick Rich.[5] It was still occupied in 2012.[6]

On the ground floor is a kitchen and shower room with a bedroom on the first floor. The total living space is 24 square meters.[7][8]


  1. ^ a b c Historic England. "The Round House (1136251)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  2. ^ Mason, Edmund J. & Mason, Doreen (1982). Avon Villages. Robert Hale Ltd. ISBN 0-7091-9585-0.
  3. ^ a b Durham, Ian (1991). Chew Magna and the Chew Valley. Bristol: Redcliffe Press. pp. 114–115. ISBN 187297161X.
  4. ^ "The house by the side of the road". The past that whispers. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Stanton Drew". Bitton Families. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Ten strange UK houses". Britain Explorer. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  7. ^ This adorable miniature house in Stanton Drew is on the market for £140,000, Bristol Post, 3 Nov 2018
  8. ^ "The Round House". Killens Estate Agents. Retrieved 20 April 2021.