The A303: Highway to the Sun

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The A303: Highway to the Sun

The A303: Highway to the Sun

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What was interesting before this was opened the signing at J29 northbound on the M5 used to say M5 (M4) London and A30 (A303) London with the route confirmation sign at J30 given the different distances the A303 being approximately 25 miles shorther. i guess i expected something else - more of a travel account (so more of what the author was experiencing), but aside from that the book still left me puzzled. For all of us who have travelled down this often scenic road on our way to Devon and Cornwall, this well written book will provide an extra level of interest to the sites and villages that you will pass on the way. forgotten by the road numberers, but by all accounts still functioned as a secret trunk road even when it was mostly B roads (the sign in the old photo in the TV programme - left turn for Exeter - at stonehenge - gives evidence of this. Tom Fort takes us from childhood summer holidays in Devon back to paleolithic times, then forward again to the days of the stagecoach, with some fascinating people - and sheep - along the way.

Fort explores the world of Druidry, and tells the story of the Battle of the Beanfield, in 1985, when Wiltshire Police clashed with the summer solstice free-festival goers. He took early retirement in 2000, just before the publication of his social history of lawns and lawn-mowing, The Grass is Greener. I felt it was a shame that he didn't actually make more of his love of rivers and fishing, as he was writing at his best when he veered toward this topic.And when he had got tired of that he chatted to Oliver who collects and eats badgers from the Ilminster bypass.

Used-Very Good: The book will be clean without any major stains or markings, the spine will be in excellent shape with only minor creasing, no pages will be missing and the cover is likely to be very clean. I loved the account of Heston Blumental fruitlessly attempting to refresh the Little Chef at Popham Services. Fort is uncomfortable with modern motoring (for the tv series which was the progenitor to this, he travelled the road in a Morris Minor) and it's clear he prefers reflecting back n the golden age of motor travel pre-M1, rather than the modern behmoth.I found this book on the shelves in a holiday cottage I was staying in at Dartmouth and, having lived in Wiltshire through my teenage years and into my twenties, was familiar with much of the area to which the book relates so was interested to see what the author had to say about the area. The A303 crams a lot in, at times a bit too much - though I can forgive Fort a lot since his brother taught me to cook sausages (very, very slowly, clearly a theme in the family - till they caramelise, about 45 minutes on a very low heat). For those that don't know it, the A303 forms part of a major longer route from London to Penzance, except that it only goes about a third of the way, doing the bit between Basingstoke and Honiton. The story of transport: cars, roads, the costs of these, and in particular the politics, are boring and poorly handled though. This trunk road consists of 90-odd miles from the junction with the M3 in Hampshire to Annie's Tea Bar in Devon, where it joins the A30.

At last someone has celebrated the romance of the British road' Guardian The A303 is more than a road.This look at the historical sites along the A303, a road stretching from the south-east to the south-west of Britain, connecting right through to Exeter in Devon, had fascinating potential: ancient and modern sites compete for attention on both sides of the road, that befit close attention. The dust jacket of this book is slightly damaged/ripped, however, this does not affect the internal condition. Fort gets down on his hands and knees to decipher the ancient lettering on ancient stones and reveal stories from the days of Ethelred. A nostalgic experience, informative, humorous, charming, but pervaded by the bittersweet scent of regret' - Daily Mail You may also be interested in. Maybe the main mystery is why the A30 was chosen to get the 2-digit number in 1922 and to become the trunk road in 1936.

Can't honestly say I strapped myself in, floored the accelerator and read this one straight to the end.Some of the A303 is far older than the A30, with some Roman and other parts possibly starting off anything up to a million years ago as a migratory route for wild beasts preferring to spend winter in the "Devon Riviera" than the cold wastes of mainland europe, by medieval times the A30 route was the London - Exeter Route. The connection is that the A35 would be the only trunk route left past Honiton and to extend it to Exeter would make a degree of sense in the same way as it might make sense to extend the A303 to Exeter along the A30 now (which I'm not advocating). Tom Fort has done the work for us here but there are equally fascinating stories to be told all over England and this book is a springboard for the imagination. He sounds as if he can't wait to finish his account so that he can go fishing, which is what he enjoys most. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

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