Candid

 

To be quite candid about travel in the C18th, the old roman roads that still ran in a network about the country were the most useful means of getting about, even though they had been established sometime way back between the years of AD43 – 400.  After having landed some 40,000 troops on British soil in Kent in AD43 these roads became a necessity from the start, not only for maneuvring troops around the countryside, but also the solidness of their surfaces was mandatory for Roman transport that had wheels.  These ancient roadways had been constructed and engineered with skill, and hard labour in their day, so despite their age and being over a thousand years old they were still serviceable and acceptable in use, employing a hard core as well as being paved with stones that were dug deep into the ground like teeth surrounded by grit.  This surfacing method was called metalling, and as a consequence the roads were still overall able to be maintained during the Georgian period as they had durability.  To be quite candid, without the Roman roads Britain would not have become the Great nation that it did during the onset of the Industrial Revolution, as the transport of goods at that time would not have been as achievable.

 

roman-roadbuilding

 

 

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