Doncaster 1849

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Heritage Cartography - Victorian Town and Village Maps

ISBN 1-903004-70-5
Size 500mm x 552mm
Uncoloured size 600mm x 662mm

Two striking features of the town are clearly evident, the pattern of its foundation and its later development as an important market town. The rectangular area of the original Roman fort Danvm can be seen bordered by French Gate, Baxter Gate and High Fisher Gate with the alignment of the strategic Roman highway Via Militaris Antonines traceable to the fort's southeast and northwest gates. This highway evolved into The Great North Road and remained as a vital commercial route until the mid 20th Century when it was relegated by the construction of the A1(M) motorway to the west of the town. Still discernable is the shape and layout of the medieval village with its ribbon development of cottages and their long rear burgage strips either side of French Gate. This 1849 survey has captured the town in its last years as a bustling Victorian market town, evident by the relatively large market areas, surrounded by gentlemen's residences set in pleasant parkland. The recently completed Great North Railway has already made its mark on the town with the siting of its main station on the west pastures, but the imminent building of the railway works in 1853 was to change the character of the town for ever.

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