Welcome to the Great North Road

Please share my “scrap book” about one of the world’s most fascinating roads.

Like other Great Roads it brings with it a wealth of history, characters, towns, landscapes and curiosities.

It provides a series of threads which tie together people, places and time.

This website is NOT comprehensive and objective NOR a reliable academic source.

It is a personal perspective based on a lifetime spent living by it and travelling its length.

My task is made easier by others before me who have embarked on similar projects. In particular:
Charles Harper
Frank Morley
Frank Goddard
Biff Vernon
My contribution in no way displaces their more original works.

“A guide for the curious traveller” – Frank Goddard

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Medieval Transport

Knowledge of medieval transport is decidedly patchy. There are precious few maps before that of Ogilby in the 17th century so we have to piece together the picture from...

King Harold

Perhaps the most famous return trip along the Great North Road was that of Harold in 1066. Faced with both Scandinavian and French challenges to his newly.....


The first turnpike in the country introduced charges to a section of the Old North Road. Over the next 100 years turnpikes were introduced the length of...

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