ROADS, AND THOSE IN TRING

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Coaching in the 1830s.
Tring’s Rose & Crown and Bell Inns were once staging points for mail and
passenger coaches
travelling along the turnpike roads between London, Aylesbury and places further afield.



FOREWORD.


The following account makes no claim to be a detailed treatise on the history of English roads, nor, for that matter, on those in the market town of Tring in north-west Hertfordshire to which it mainly relates. It aims instead to provide readers interested in local history with a résumé of the evolution of our town’s principal roads, much of the detailed history of which appears to be lost in the mists of time.

Having completed two transport-related local histories ― one dealing with the Grand Junction Canal (A Highway Laid with Water) and the other with the London & Birmingham Railway (The Train now Departing)  ―  we felt that we ought to place on record something about the history of our local roads.  This proved more challenging than we first imagined; indeed, we have only succeeded to a limited extent.

Because most of Tring is a product of the 20th century, we felt, rightly or not, that there was little to say about our modern estate roads that would interest potential readers other than students of town planning, so we excluded that category.  This narrowed things down to our main roads and those in the old part of the town.  Here, the information so far as we could unearth it is scant.  Most of our principal roads date from time immemorial and there is little on record until the main north-south road (later the A41) became a turnpike; even then a lot of what the turnpike trust entered in their minute books doesn’t make particularly interesting reading.  Nevertheless, we have set out the gist of what they told us about the turnpike
s development and its administration to which we have added information on other local roads and how they were used in bygone days.  This we extracted from old books, newspapers and the work of earlier local historians.

Our account falls into three sections.  For the benefit of readers unfamiliar with the subject, the first section provides a brief historical background to English roads.  The second section focuses on Tring
s local roads and their users.  The third section contains an overview of road building in Britain from the Roman occupation to the present age.

These web pages will be updated as the results of further research become available.  We hope that you find our account interesting and informative.

I.P. & W.A.

May 2015.


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS.


Although m
ost of our sources are credited in the text, we have derived some of our background information on the town’s roads from the writings of past Tring local historians, Joseph Budd, Bob Grace, Ron Kitchener (we have also included three of Ron’s poems) and Arthur Macdonald.  Our thanks for help with research or for the loan of photographs go to Tim Amsden, Michael Bass, Jill Fowler, the late Bob Hummer, Linda McGee, Ann Reed, the late Don Riddell, John Savage, Alex Thompson, and Shirley Thornhill.  And we thank the staff at the Local Studies Archives, Aylesbury; Hertford County Record Office; and the Watford Public Library for their assistance.



Coaching in the 1930s.
This Dennis Arrow motor coach was delivered new to the Red Rover Omnibus Company of Aylesbury in 1931.
The journey between Tring and London was by then over roads maintained by county and metropolitan borough councils.


CONTENTS.

 

Also by IP & WA . . . .


A HIGHWAY LAID WITH WATER: A HISTORY OF THE GRAND JUNCTION CANAL

THE RAILWAY COMES TO TRING

WINDMILLS, AND THOSE AROUND TRING


By IP . . . .


THE TRAIN NOW DEPARTING: NOTES AND EXTRACTS ON THE HISTORY OF
THE LONDON AND BIRMINGHAM R
AILWAY


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