Town & Cities

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 Castle2023-09-25T09:02:53+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

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 Barnet2023-07-03T16:36:26+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 Minster2023-10-25T17:15:30+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 Crosses2023-05-03T15:52:19+00:00

Whittlesea Mere


Until the 1850s Whittlesea Mere was one of the largest lakes in England. It had long been a rich source of fish and wildfowl – and by the 18th century it was also attracting...

Whittlesea Mere2023-08-04T12:04:06+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

Edinburgh Coaching Inns


Arguably it was the Great North Road and the development of coaching services which was the precursor to the emergence of coaching inns and hotels in Edinburgh...

Edinburgh Coaching Inns2023-03-30T16:18:53+00:00

York Coaching Inns


York coaching inns flourished and had a major impact on the economic fortunes of the city for 200 years. The high point was after the road improvements associated...

York Coaching Inns2022-10-21T08:10:05+00:00
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