The TURNPIKE ROADS of Leicestershire and Rutland
Published 21st March 2003 - launched by Sir Neil Cossons, Chairman of English Heritage
Size 72 pages 197 x 210mm
42 b/w illustrations including maps and diagrams, archive material and photographs
Written in the late 1950s, this was one of a series of county turnpike studies by Arthur Cossons (1893-1963), and the only one not published in his lifetime.
The first turnpike road to reach Leicestershire crossed the border from the south in 1721. This book provides a comprehensive account of how, over the next 160 years, the roads of the two counties were transformed from barely passable tracks into a well-maintained network. Thus the turnpikes laid the foundation for the revolution in road transport in the 20th century.
"This is the first comprehensive work on the roads of the two counties, and it is the only outstanding unpublished work our father wrote. It enables readers and researchers to make some sense of the historical geography of the roads of Leicestershire and Rutland."
SIR NEIL COSSONS, CHAIRMAN OF ENGLISH HERITAGE.
Sir Neil Cossons was Director of the Science Museum in London until his appointment to the Chairmanship of English Heritage in 2001. He launched his Father's book at the Leicestershire Record Office, Long Street Wigston on Friday March 21st 2003
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