History – 1500 to 19002020-11-19T12:27:44+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...

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...

Turnpikes

The first turnpike in the country introduced charges to a section of the Old North Road. Over the next 100 years turnpikes were introduced the length of...

St Paul’s Cathedral

Saint Paul's Cathedral is not “on” the Great North Road – more one of its “bookends”. However, whether you define the London end of the road...

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...

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...

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...

Stilton Cheese

King of Cheeses. Stilton is recognised across the world as a unique and special variety. Its initial commercial success was the direct result of its popularity with coach.....

Cycling

Cycling the Great North Road became a popular past time in the late Victorian and early Edwardian period. Today’s car and truck drivers should perhaps.....

Ogilby’s Britannia

John Ogilby published an early road atlas of England and Wales. Each of his chosen roads was displayed in linear form. The route from London to Barwick....

History of The Post

The Great North Road developed as a means of faster and more frequent transport of people and goods, but it was the needs of the emerging postal service that....

Burghley House

The route of Ermine Street runs through the Burghley estate and remains a public footpath. The Great North Road ran alongside the estate as the road winds.....

Alconbury Junction

Alconbury has long been an important junction of major routes. It is where the Old North Road and the Great North Road routes from London converged.....

Isaac Newton

Isaac Newton was born on 25th December 1642 at Woolsthorpe close to the Great North Road near Colsterworth. Woolsthorpe Manor is now a National Trust.....

Norman Cross

Norman Cross is no major settlement but it has been a well known point of interest along the Great North Road for centuries. It is now necessary to make.....

Stamford Canal

The Stamford Canal was the longest canal with locks in the country when it was opened, preceding the 'canal age' by around 100 years. By the 16th century.....

Prehistoric & Roman Origins

Before AD 500

The Saxon & Medieval Road

AD 500 to 1500

Transformation

AD 1500 to 1900

Motor Vehicles & the A1

After 1900

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