'The World Runnes on Wheeles': travel by water and road in seventeenth century

Date: 15 March 2018
Venue: M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN
Time: 18:00 - 19:30


UWE Bristol Regional History Centre and M Shed Seminar Programme 2017-18; in partnership with M Shed, the Regional History Centre, runs a monthly evening research seminar in the Learning Studio at M Shed, Bristol. All the seminars are held on a Thursday, start at 18:00 and are free to attend.

About the event

'The World Runnes on Wheeles': Travel by Water and Road in Seventeenth Century Bristol and Gloucestershire - John Chandler

Roads and rivers were vital channels for the development of regional trade and economic development in the early modern period. This talk examines the campaign by the Gloucester-born water poet, John Taylor in the 1630s and 1640s to encourage river traffic along the Severn and its tributaries, which was overtaken by the Civil War, and then compares it to some previously neglected lists from an unpublished county history, describing the local road network later in the same century, at a time when most county and regional maps ignored roads. By combining the evidence in these lists with other contemporary records, it is possible to build up a picture of road traffic in the region before the turnpike and stagecoach revolution.

Dr John Chandler is consultant editor for the Victoria County History in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Regional History Centre, UWE Bristol.

How to attend

There is no registration required for this event. Read about past and recorded Regional History Centre seminars.

Cost: Free
Contact: Professor Steve Poole
E-mail: rhc@uwe.ac.uk

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