Town & Cities

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

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 Barnet2024-03-11T17:23:24+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

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

Dere Street


Dere Street is the name generally used to describe the Roman road leading from York to the Firth of Forth. It was constructed by the military to secure the colonisation...

Dere Street2024-02-08T15:15:22+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 Mere2024-01-17T16:27:08+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
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