This title was first published in 2003. The history of roads in Great Britain has not been one of steady development, but rather, one that has waxed and waned in response to social, military and economic needs, and also as to whether there have been alternative methods of transport available. Paralleling this, the technical aspects of road construction - with the one great exception of Roman roads - can be seen as a fitful progression of improvement followed by neglect as the roadmaker has responded, albeit tardily on occasion, to the needs of the road user. This text describes the technical development of British roads in relation to the needs of the time, and thereby touches upon its relation to the history of the country more generally.

chapter 1|17 pages


chapter 2|9 pages

Prehistoric Trackways

chapter 3|8 pages

Roman Roads

chapter 4|10 pages

The Years of Neglect

chapter 5|7 pages

Scotland’s Military Roads

chapter 6|20 pages

Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Roads

chapter 7|22 pages

The Coming of the Motor Car

chapter 8|20 pages


chapter 9|12 pages