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For the Road Well Traveled.
on 17 January 2014
What a great book for the amateur historian and driver of the A1. I grew up in the late 60's and 70's and remember going up and down the A1 many times with my parents and grandparents. We lived in the North East and the A1 was - and still is - the main escape route.
Because of that, if you are of a certain age you can chart the change in the UK via the change in the A1. When I was a child it seemed to be a gentle road out of South Shields full of promise and still being surrounded by old pubs and rest stops. As I grew and eventually learned to drive this road myself it changed into a fairly fast modern road in the 80's eventually arriving at where it is now. A cold hearted generally jammed road with little charm.
This book is packed with maps and pictures of the route all the way back from the early 1900's to the present, with many many now and then comparisons. It's jammed full of interesting facts and history and full of interest for anyone who has lived a few decades of the A1.
Great book and highly recommended.