Ancient lanes and old main roads

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drossall
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Re: Ancient lanes and old main roads

Postby drossall » 16 Sep 2020, 10:02pm

There are a couple of really good picture books tracing the old line(s) of the A1. Have they been mentioned? I've lost track (sorry, pun unintended).

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Re: Ancient lanes and old main roads

Postby NickWi » 17 Sep 2020, 8:14pm

The B5061 between Telford and Shrewsbury is what the A5 was before the built the new dual carriageway A5 and although still in use, it's a very quiet B road.

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Re: Ancient lanes and old main roads

Postby TrevA » 22 Sep 2020, 10:15pm

drossall wrote:There are a couple of really good picture books tracing the old line(s) of the A1. Have they been mentioned? I've lost track (sorry, pun unintended).


My job when I first started at MAFF (now DEFRA) was to check the farmers claims against the maps to ensure they were claiming the correct field numbers and areas (this was before everything was computerised). So we had the whole of the 5 counties of the East Midlands in paper maps at 1:2500 scale. Some of these maps dated back to the 1950’s. In north Notts, some showed the new A1 and some didn’t, so you identify when particular sections of the new road were built from the dates of the maps.
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Re: Ancient lanes and old main roads

Postby Traction_man » 25 Sep 2020, 9:20pm

drossall wrote:There are a couple of really good picture books tracing the old line(s) of the A1. Have they been mentioned? I've lost track (sorry, pun unintended).


This is one I really rate on the old A1,

https://g.co/kgs/XTBdd4

Lots of great nostalgia with plenty of pictures of the road as it was in the fifties and sixties compared to how it is today.

Would be good to see more like this for the other old trunk roads of yesteryear, like the old A6.

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Re: Ancient lanes and old main roads

Postby drossall » 25 Sep 2020, 11:21pm

Yes, that is a good one.