History – 500 to 15002020-11-19T11:42:51+00:00

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...


Danelaw arose from a peace deal in the late 9th century between King Alfred and Viking invaders. It placed half of England under Danish law and.....

King Harold

Perhaps the most famous return trip along the Great North Road was that of Harold in 1066. Faced with both Scandinavian and French challenges to his newly.....

Queen Eleanor’s Cross – Stamford

For 350 years The Queen’s Cross was a prominent landmark close to the Great North Road near Stamford. Until destroyed by Cromwellian forces it stood to the.....

Sawtry Abbey

The site of Sawtry Abbey is squeezed between the Great North Road and the east coast mainline railway. Not far away you can find Monks Wood and Abbots.....

Prehistoric & Roman Origins

Before AD 500

The Saxon & Medieval Road

AD 500 to 1500


AD 1500 to 1900

Motor Vehicles & the A1

After 1900





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