Charter Passport

Did you know that Elizabeth I granted Congleton’s inhabitants freedom from tolls in 1585? This confirmed a right granted to Congleton by Henry de Lacy in 1272.

LicenceThe small charter allowed people from Congleton to avoid paying for toll roads, tolls for passing through city walls & tolls for crossing bridges throughout the realm. People from Congleton would get small ‘passports’ signed by the sheriff to demonstrate this freedom to toll collectors. Sadly, Congletonians no longer have this right and they now the have to pay like everyone else.

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