Routes and Roads

Routes drawn over 1950s O/S map. Reproduced with the permission of the  National Library of ScotlandCLICK on the map to enlarge.

You may not think that such a small village and parish as Seaton Ross has enough roads to make them interesting. In fact, it is the relatively small number that makes it possible to look at them in enough detail to actually be interesting (in our humble opinions!).

Like all agricultural villages, Seaton Ross was affected by enclosure of the open fields in the 18th and early 19th centuries. It was also affected by the building of turnpike roads at around the same time. These changes turned the village from an east-west axis to a north-south axis in a matter of a few decades.

Seaton Ross was on several long-distance routes (which looked like farm tracks to the modern eye) and at the other end of focus, farm tracks were widely used to get to neighboring villages – such as Melbourne and Holme-on-Spalding-Moor more directly than today.

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