Roads and bridges are very expensive. They only develop where there is an economic imperative.
The Romans did not head north solely for political prestige. They were well aware of the lead and other minerals in the northern hills.
The monks establishing their monasteries through the length of the country were developing agricultural estates which were wealth creators in their own right – as well as beneficiaries of taxation on other income.
The Post Road was the internet of the 18th Century. High speed communication facilitating rapid evolution of economic activity.
The A1 linked businesses the length of Britain. It allowed new economies of scale and widened horizons for businesses seeking new markets.
Let’s take a look at a few of the businesses which have interacted with and added interest to the Great North Road over the centuries.