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St Paul’s Cathedral


Saint Paul's Cathedral is not “on” the Great North Road – more one of its “bookends”. However, whether you define the London end of the road...

St Paul’s Cathedral2021-04-08T17:27:34+00:00

John Muir


John Muir was a 19th century conservationist who pioneered the national parks concept in the USA. He was born in Dunbar in 1838. The citizens of...

John Muir2021-03-13T11:46:22+00:00

River Aire


The coaches of the Great North Road and todays vehicles on the A1 cross the River Aire at Ferrybridge. The Roman crossing was further west, by ford across the...

River Aire2021-02-22T12:49:25+00:00

Angel of the North


The Angel of the North arose alongside the Great North Road in February 1998. The 20m high steel statue was deliberately sized and sited to be visible to those travelling...

Angel of the North2021-02-25T17:46:13+00:00

River Wharfe


The river flows for 65 miles before joining the River Ouse. Its source is in the centre of the Yorkshire Dales National Park - where Oughtershaw Beck and...

River Wharfe2021-02-19T17:18:16+00:00

River Don


The Yorkshire Don is not to be confused with its more photogenic namesake near Aberdeen. That said, de-industrialisation and concerted efforts by environmental groups...

River Don2021-02-15T13:49:49+00:00

RAF Wittering


RAF Wittering is located just south of Stamford, Lincolnshire. It was the “Home of the Harrier” and for several decades has been marked by a Harrier Jump Jet anchored...

RAF Wittering2021-02-11T10:03:45+00:00

London Coaching Inns


By the early 19th century there were 120 stage coach inns within a city which was far more compact than today. Many of the coach services were aligned with specific...

London Coaching Inns2021-02-12T06:53:19+00:00

River Great Ouse


At 143 miles the Great Ouse is Britain's 4th longest river after the Severn, Thames and Trent. It has a catchment area of over 5000 sq miles. The modern A1 crosses...

River Great Ouse2021-04-08T11:25:14+00:00

River Swale


The Swale is crossed by the Great North Road at Catterick Bridge. The old bridge dates from the 1420s and was the primary crossing until the A1 was upgraded in...

River Swale2021-01-26T18:10:56+00:00
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