Fanning Out

Multiple hollow ways along one road corridor are not at all unusual, and this is a nice example which shows just how regular horse, horse-drawn, and droving traffic must once have been on roads that are long-bypassed by lower, better-made highways.

This is Hexham Lane in County Durham. It was set out as a public carriage road in a late 18th Century inclosure award, but is also shown as part of a long route from Catterick Bridge to Hexham on Moll’s map of 1710.

The vulgar drainage gulley alongside (actually, probably well inside) the road is the work of Durham County Council, trying to make the road into something that it never was, at great expense. Mother Nature and Father Time will probably have the last laugh, as always …

Hollow ways fan x

Herman Moll Durham 1724

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