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 Turpin2022-01-28T17:39:12+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 I2022-01-15T18:39:25+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 Revolution2021-05-17T09:07:35+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 Boulter2021-05-08T09:03:10+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

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 – Highwayman2022-01-28T17:38:25+00:00

Emperor Hadrian


Hadrian visited Britain in the summer of AD 122 as part of his first major tour of the provinces. His primary concern was to to neutralise threats to.....

Emperor Hadrian2020-11-25T09:08:52+00:00

De Havilland – Hatfield


Many who travelled the Great North Road during the 20th Century will recall the latest De Havilland prototypes being flown above and around Hatfield – and.....

De Havilland – Hatfield2020-11-18T12:28:28+00:00

E M Forster


The writer Edward Morgan Forster lived at Rooks Nest House near Stevenage between the ages of 4 and 14. His time there had a lasting impact on him. In.....

E M Forster2020-11-08T20:42:22+00:00

Henry Royce


Sir Henry Royce, a founding partner in Rolls Royce, was born at Alwalton in 1863 where his father was the miller. When the family business failed, they moved.....

Henry Royce2021-05-07T11:31:37+00:00
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