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Stage-coach History


Stagecoach history is intertwined with societal changes in travel habits, technical innovation, the roots of industrial revolution, population growth and...

Stage-coach History2024-02-05T16:02:37+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 Inns2024-02-05T14:58:03+00:00

Edinburgh Castle


Edinburgh Castle is the northerly “bookend” of the Great North Road as St Paul’s Cathedral is in the south. Not strictly on the road but both...

Edinburgh Castle2024-01-17T16:57:57+00:00

Celia Fiennes


Celia Fiennes was an early travel writer. She toured extensively through England in the late 17th century. Her diaries describe many of the towns...

Celia Fiennes2024-01-17T16:50:58+00:00

Markham Moor – Service Station


Few 20th century landmarks along the Great North Road are as distinctive as the concrete roofline of the former petrol filling station at Markham...

Markham Moor – Service Station2023-07-23T17:49:41+00:00

Then & Now


"The Great North Road - Then and Now" is the title of an excellent 2013 book by lorry driver and roads enthusiast, Chris "Wolfie" Cooper. I suspect many of his loads were not...

Then & Now2023-07-18T17:00:11+00:00

The Battle of Barnet


The Battle of Barnet may sound like a dispute between commuters on the Northern Line but in fact took place in 1471 and some 3,000 people died. It was one of the...

The Battle of Barnet2024-03-11T17:23:24+00:00

1832 Time Travel – London to York


James Fox, alias the Time Travel Artist, includes a little gem of a video amongst his many animated history timelines. Our journey from London to York traces the route of the Great...

1832 Time Travel – London to York2023-06-29T11:58:20+00:00



Lincoln was a key staging post for the Romans as they pushed north following the invasion of AD43. It was a focus of the Roman Road network and was a primary...


York Minster


York Minster history spans two millennia and provides direct linkage from Roman times to the present. Its history parallels that of the Great North Road...

York Minster2024-01-17T16:33:40+00:00
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