The building of Tuckton Bridge in 1882 connected Christchurch with Bournemouth and was later replaced with a concrete structure that could support the weight of trains.

The first tram ran the route in 1905, a time when Tuckton was a small farming community of less than 100 people.

Although the toll-house stood until 1955, tolls were abolished in 1943.

During the post-war housing crisis, and while sat derelict, the Booth family squatted in the house.


Mr Frank Hunter sent in this postcard of the original Old Toll Bridge, Tuckton, Christchurch which opened to trafic in may 1883.


"The only drawback to living there", said Mrs Booth, "was that strangers knocked at the door at 2am asking how much it was to cross."