|Location Map ( geo)|
|Junctions related to the A371|
|Junctions related to the B3151|
The Fiveways Junction in Cheddar looks like anything but a Fiveways these days. However, the nearby Fiveways Close and the name of Fiveways Bridge on the B3151 give it away. The name pre-dates the former Strawberry Line GWR Branch, which initially sliced the junction up, cutting off Sharpham Road from the rest of the junction, and subsequent improvement by the County Council have further obliterated the origin of the junction.
Today the A371 passes through Fiveways in a sweeping double bend, with Barrows Road and Wedmore Road (the B3151) meeting at separate T Junctions. Indeed, it is hard to even describe it as a Staggered Crossroads. However, before the A371 was rerouted this side of Cheddar, the B3151 had the straight through route, continuing north from its modern terminus along the norther arm of the A371. Barrows Road met this route, with the modern A371 route along Wideatts Road having a further give way off of Barrows Road. Going back even further, mapping evidence suggests that Barrows Road and Sharpham Road formed the main through route, with all other arms of this junction being turnings.
Whilst clearly never a classic Fiveways junction, it is the historic meeting point of 5 separate roads, within a very small area, and was therefore obviously unusual enough to gain its name.