Great North Road
Posted by John W on June 26, 1998 at 11:11:58:
In response to The Great North Road, written by yetta loyd on June 24, 1998 at 17:56:24
The GNR corresponds roughly to the line of the current A1 and A1(M) on any British road map. It was originally built to link London and York , the two administrative centres of mediaeval Britain but used major stretches of the old Roman road Ermine Street, and Dere Street which prolonged it beyond York. Lincoln was the other main city on its route. The GNR was turnpiked as soon as 1663, the separate turnpike trusts would be responsible for lengths of a few tens of miles and charge tolls. After the rising of 1745 more attention was paid to roads and the GNR was improved right up to Scotland.Inns were used for changes of horses every thirty miles or so, but different vehicles changed horses at different intervals, so post houses, for fast carriages would be more frequent. By 1832 average speed was about 10 mph.
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