Roads & Tracks of Britain - Christopher TaylorLondon, Toronto & Melbourne: J. M. Dent & Sons, 1979, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Previous owner's lable to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs [8pp]; Black & White Drawings ; Gazeteer;
From the cover: “Roads do much more than just enable people to travel from one place to another. They affect the position and layout of our towns, the shape of our villages and, indeed, our whole environment. At the same time roads and tracks of all ages have been influenced by the land through which they pass and the demands made on them by man at different stages in his technological advance.
In this fascinating book, one of Britain’s best-known field archaeologists takes a new look at the different types of roads and tracks that have developed or been constructed from prehistoric times — about 8000 BC — to the present day. Christopher Taylor is more concerned with what happens to roads over time — how prehistoric tracks evolved into Roman ways, Saxon lanes, medieval highways and modern trunk roads — than with the day-to-day history of who and what travelled along them. Using all the tools of archaeology he discovers their possible dates, their various functions and forms and examines the effect of changes in these routeways on the towns, villages and countryside through which they passed.
The heritage of roads is still all about us, not merely as interesting historical monuments or pleasant walks, but as a vital part of twentieth-century life. Container lorries, bound for the continent, still use prehistoric trackways; long-distance coaches continue to hurtle along Roman roads; and many farmers depend on medieval lanes to reach their land. The history of roads and tracks is not a study of the dead past but of the living present.”