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

The Eleanor Crosses


The Eleanor Crosses constructed in the 1290s to commemorate the passing of the queen were prominent landmarks alongside the Great North Road at Grantham...

The Eleanor Crosses2024-01-16T11:19:38+00:00

Daniel Defoe


Daniel Defoe was an early travel writer who wrote with descriptive detail about what he saw. Most of the towns and cities along the Great North Road are recorded...

Daniel Defoe2023-08-03T12:28:09+00:00

Daniel Albone


Daniel Albone’s family ran the Ongley Arms pub alongside the Great North Road in Biggleswade, just south of the bridge over the River Ivel.  He became an entrepreneurial designer...

Daniel Albone2022-11-14T11:28:11+00:00

Dick Turpin


Dick Turpin, the “Flying Highwayman”, was famed for his bravery, resolution and generosity. A scoundrel and a thief but also a gentleman who minimised any...

Dick Turpin2024-02-05T14:52:15+00:00

King James I


A meandering but triumphant journey south along the Great North Road marked the start of the reign of King James I in 1603. It was his first visit to England...

King James I2023-08-14T17:13:31+00:00

Road Building Revolution


The growth of turnpikes after 1700 started to provide funding for investment but it was the road building revolution of the late 18th and the 19th centuries which...

Road Building Revolution2024-02-05T14:40:15+00:00

Edmund Boulter


Edmund Boulter was a wealthy businessman and member of parliament who left his mark on the Great North Road. His properties came to include Wimpole and...

Edmund Boulter2024-01-16T17:25:00+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 Muir2024-01-16T17:10:53+00:00

John Nevison – Highwayman


John Nevison was one of the most infamous highwaymen operating along the Great North Road. His gang of outlaws met at the Talbot Inn at Newark and robbed...

John Nevison – Highwayman2023-06-27T17:24:38+00:00
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