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The Turnpike Road System in England: 1663-1840 [Paperback]

William Albert
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15 Feb 2007
This book deals with the development and administration of turnpike trusts in England from the creation of the first turnpike authority in 1663 to the coming of the the railways in 1840. It is concerned specifically with assessing the economic importance of the trusts before and during the Industrial Revolution. The author begins by analysing the importance of the roads in relation to the entire transport network in the seventeenth century and then examines the legislative development of the trust device and spread of the turnpike trusts throughout the country. The financing of the trusts and the way in which they were managed are considered and the relative success of the turnpikes are assessed by looking at the movement in the costs of land transport. The study is based on parliamentary records and on original trust documents, studied on a country-wide basis. By examining this material Dr Albert is able to provide a detailed and comprehensive history of English turnpike trusts which will supersede in many respects the standard accounts of the subject written in the early 1900s.

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  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (15 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521033918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521033916
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 22.5 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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This book studies the development and administration of turnpike trusts in England from 1663 to 1840. It is concerned specifically with assessing the economic importance of the trusts before and during the Industrial Revolution. Dr Albert provides a detailed and comprehensive history of English turnpike trusts, superseding in many respects the standard accounts of the subject written in the early 1900s.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The standard work on the subject? 18 Nov 2012
By sniper
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Been looking for a book on this subject for a while, this seems to be the only one of decent length on the subject that exists, certainly of reasonably recent date. I've always thought it's amazing, with all the stuff that's available on railways, there's so little on turnpike roads. The main chapters tend to concentrate on how they transformed the overall transport network, and economic aspects, how they were financed, what part they played in the economy as it evolved during the industrial revolution, etc. There's not much on how the routes were chosen, on engineering aspects, or impact on the landscape (and no pictures, e.g. of bridges or toll houses). There's a long appendix that lists the turnpike road Acts, from which you can - sort of - piece together which roads were built when, though someone would need to slave for years to establish exact dates of particular stretches of road (and then produce an atlas showing it all, hopefully).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Useful but specialised 5 Aug 2013
By H P
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Useful for what we needed but very specialised indeed. Lots of detailed information but rather unimaginatively presented. Interesting but not an easy read.
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