THE GREAT NORTH ROAD

CONTENTS

Introduction 1

Part One, The History of the Road

1 From Ancient Times to the Romans 4

2 From the Departure of the Romans to the Reformation 10

3 Road Maintenance after the Dissolution 15

4 The Drovers 24

5 Gentlemen of the Road and Other Outlaws 29

6 The Post Office 34

7 Postboys 45

8 Turnpikes 50

9 Coaching 56

10 Railways - The End of the Coaching Era 69

11 The Motor Car 73

12 The Motorway Age 88

Part Two The Route of the Great North Road

1 London to Hatfield 101

2 Hatfield to Alconbury Hill 112

3 Alconbury Hill to Stamford 121

4 Stamford to Newark 130

5 Newark to Doncaster 136

6 Doncaster to York by the Eastern Route 144

7 York to Northallerton 150

8 Doncaster to York by the Western Route 156

9 Brotherton to Northallerton 162

10 Northallerton to Darlington 172

11 Boroughbridge to Darlington via Scotch Corner 175

12 Darlington to Gateshead 180

13 Newcastle to Berwick upon Tweed 188

14 Berwick upon Tweed to Edinburgh 200

A Note on Sources

Footnotes

Index