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The Dover Road Annals of an Ancient Turnpike by Charles G. Harper

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THE DOVER ROAD

HISTORIES OF THE ROADS

BY CHARLES G. HARPER.

THE BRIGHTON ROAD: The Classic Highway to the South.

THE GREAT NORTH ROAD: London to York.

THE GREAT NORTH ROAD: York to Edinburgh.

THE DOVER ROAD: Annals of an Ancient Turnpike.

THE BATH ROAD: History, Fashion and Frivolity on an old Highway.

THE MANCHESTER AND GLASGOW ROAD: London to Manchester.

THE MANCHESTER ROAD: Manchester to Glasgow.

THE HOLYHEAD ROAD: London to Birmingham.

THE HOLYHEAD ROAD: Birmingham to Holyhead.

THE HASTINGS ROAD: And The "Happy Springs of Tunbridge."

THE OXFORD, GLOUCESTER AND MILFORD HAVEN ROAD: London to Gloucester.

THE OXFORD, GLOUCESTER AND MILFORD HAVEN ROAD: Gloucester to Milford Haven.

THE NORWICH ROAD: An East Anglian Highway.

THE NEWMARKET, BURY, THETFORD AND CROMER ROAD.

THE EXETER ROAD: The West of England Highway.

THE PORTSMOUTH ROAD.

THE CAMBRIDGE, KING'S LYNN AND ELY ROAD.

[Illustration: MERCERY LANE, CANTERBURY.]

The DOVER ROAD

Annals of an Ancient Turnpike

By CHARLES G. HARPER

Illustrated by the Author and from Old Prints and Portraits

[Illustration]

HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT EDWIN VALENTINE MITCHELL

First Published 1895. Second and Revised Edition 1922.

Manufactured in England by C. TINLING & CO., Ltd. 53, Victoria Street, Liverpool, and 187, Fleet Street, London.

[Illustration: THE MILLER]

PREFACE

It has been said, by whom I know not, that "prefaces to books are like signs to public houses; they are intended to give one an idea of the kind of entertainment to be found within." But this preface is not to be like those; for it would require an essay in itself to give a comprehensive idea of the Dover Road, in all its implications. A road is not merely so many miles of highway, more or less well maintained. It is not only something in the surveyor's way; but history as well. It is life, touched at every point.

The Dover Road the highway between London and that most significant of approaches to the Continent of Europe would have been something much more in its mere name had it not been for the accident of London: one of the greatest accidents. It would have been considered a part of the great road to Chester and to Holyhead: the route diagonally across England, from sea to sea, which really in the first instance it was.

For the Dover Road is actually the initial limb of the Watling Street: that prehistoric British trackway adopted by the Romans and by them engineered into a road; and it would seem that those Roman engineers, instructed by the Imperial authorities, considered rather the military and strategic needs of those times than those of LONDINIUM; for London was not on the direct road they made; and it was only at a later date, when it was grown commercially, they constructed an alternative route that served it.

It would be rash to declare that more history has been enacted on this road than on any other, although we may suspect it; but certainly history is more spectacular along these miles. Those pageants and glittering processions are of the past: they ended in 1840, when railways were about to supplant the road; when the last distinguished traveller along these miles, Prince Albert of Saxe Coburg Gotha, came up by carriage to wed Queen Victoria.

CHARLES G. HARPER.

FEBRUARY, 1922.

THE ROAD TO DOVER

London Bridge (Surrey side) to

MILES

Borough (St. George's Church) 1/2

Kent Street 3/4

Newington ("Bricklayers' Arms") 1

New Cross 3 1/4

Deptford 4 1/4

Blackheath 5

Shooter's Hill 8 1/4

Shoulder of Mutton Green 9 1/4

Belle Grove 9 1/2

Welling 10 1/4

Crook Log 10 3/4

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