A report on Wadesmill

A10 Wadesmill Bypass

Hamlet in Hertfordshire, England, located on the north side of the River Rib with an estimated population of 264.

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A10 Wadesmill Bypass

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Thundridge "Back Street", now "Ermine Street" - geograph.org.uk - 951781

Thundridge

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Village and civil parish in the East Hertfordshire district, in the county of Hertfordshire, England.

Village and civil parish in the East Hertfordshire district, in the county of Hertfordshire, England.

Thundridge "Back Street", now "Ermine Street" - geograph.org.uk - 951781

Nearby villages include Wadesmill and Tonwell, and the hamlets of Cold Christmas and High Cross.

A10 in the City of London

A10 road (England)

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Major road in England.

Major road in England.

A10 in the City of London
A10 outside Hertford facing south towards London
A10 Wadesmill bypass undergoing remedial work before opening

North of Ware, a further by-pass scheme was opened in late 2004, taking the A10 around the Hertfordshire villages of Wadesmill, Thundridge, High Cross, and Collier's End.

St. Mary's church, Ware

Ware, Hertfordshire

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Town in Hertfordshire, England close to the county town of Hertford.

Town in Hertfordshire, England close to the county town of Hertford.

St. Mary's church, Ware
Ware Weir. The GSK offices are in the background.
Scott's Grotto

England's first turnpike (toll) road was established at Wadesmill, two miles north of Ware, in 1633 in an attempt to control the malting traffic into and from Ware.

River Rib

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Rib Valley near Bengeo

The River Rib originates near the East Hertfordshire village of Therfield and runs parallel with the A10 through Chipping, Wyddial, Buntingford, Westmill, Braughing, Puckeridge and Standon, before dividing the villages of Thundridge and Wadesmill and continuing until it reaches its confluence with the River Lea near Hertford.

Thomas Clarkson by Carl Frederik von Breda, painting in the National Portrait Gallery

Thomas Clarkson

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English abolitionist, and a leading campaigner against the slave trade in the British Empire.

English abolitionist, and a leading campaigner against the slave trade in the British Empire.

Thomas Clarkson by Carl Frederik von Breda, painting in the National Portrait Gallery
Plan of the slave ship Brookes, carrying 454 slaves after the Slave Trade Act 1788. Previously it had transported 609 slaves and was 267 tons burden, making 2.3 slaves per ton.
Print of Clarkson, circa 1840, after Henry Room; on the scroll is "Slavery abolished; Jamaica; August 1st 1838" (the date the 'apprenticeships' of former slaves ended)
Playford Hall, the Clarksons' home from 1816
The Clarkson Memorial, Wisbech
Clarkson's grave
Clarkson's Memorial in Playford churchyard

He broke his journey at Wadesmill, near Ware, Hertfordshire.

The Hyde Park Gate in London, erected by the Kensington Turnpike Trust. This was the first toll point encountered along the Bath Road, upon leaving London.

Turnpike trust

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Turnpike trusts were bodies set up by individual acts of Parliament, with powers to collect road tolls for maintaining the principal roads in Britain from the 17th but especially during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Turnpike trusts were bodies set up by individual acts of Parliament, with powers to collect road tolls for maintaining the principal roads in Britain from the 17th but especially during the 18th and 19th centuries.

The Hyde Park Gate in London, erected by the Kensington Turnpike Trust. This was the first toll point encountered along the Bath Road, upon leaving London.
Chevaux de frise, Siege of Petersburg, American Civil War
The Great North Road near Highgate on the approach to London before turnpiking. The highway was deeply rutted and spread onto adjoining land.
The front page of the Act to create the Fyfield Turnpike Trust on the Great Road to Gloucester in 1738
Map of the Turnpike Tollgates in London 1801.
The schedule of maximum tolls allowed on the Woodstock to Rollright Turnpike Trust on the Great Road to Worcester in 1751
Roadside sign marking boundary between parish and turnpike trust responsibility, Christchurch Road East, Frome, Somerset
The Round House (Old Toll House) at Stanton Drew
Poster advertising the letting of tolls, 1826.
The surviving Copper Castle Tollhouse on the Honiton Turnpike.
A surviving milestone at Beedon on the Chilton Pond to Newtown River Turnpike.
Milepost on the Keighley and Kendal Turnpike at Gargrave: Settle 10 3/4, Kendal 40, Skipton 4 ¾ and Keighley 14 miles.
A stagecoach approaching Oxford along the Henley Turnpike Road. The dust is thrown up from the Macadamised surface. Early 1800s.

It then passed an act that gave the local justices of the peace powers to erect toll-gates on a section of the road, between Wadesmill, Hertfordshire; Caxton, Cambridgeshire; and Stilton, Huntingdonshire for 11 years, the revenues so raised to be used for the maintenance of the road in their jurisdictions.