A ha'penny (or half an old penny) probably amounts to a few shillings in today's money.
And when you consider it took about 10 seconds to walk across what has become known as the Ha'penny Bridge, it seemed a bit of a steep charge.
Of course the authorities might just have thought the good people of North Kelvinside and Kirklee could well afford it.
If you walk up the Kelvin Walkway from Great Western Road, the Ha'penny Bridge is the crossing after the bridge that takes you to the Botanic Gardens.
It leads you to what is now Addison Road and a plaque detailing its history is attached to the door of a red brick building known as Ha'penny Bridge House.
The bridge was originally built in the later part of the 19th century to provide access to Kirklee Station, which served the old Glasgow Caledonian Railway line.
So Victorian rail travellers getting on at Kirklee but coming from the other side of the river had to fork out an extra ha'penny on top of their fares.
Talk about squeezing every last drop out of the paying passenger - nothing changed in that respect then.
Interestingly the River Kelvin crossing isn't Glasgow's only Ha'penny Bridge.
In Linn Park the White Bridge is also known locally as the Ha'penny Bridge for the same reason, you once had to pay a toll of a ha'penny to cross it.
And in Dublin one of the main bridges across the Liffey is known by the same name. In fact when the toll was increased it was known for a time as the Penny Ha'penny Bridge.
There are at least three others in the UK, in Gloucester, Sheffield and Hull.