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Prosperity came from the town’s many inns catering for travellers on the main London to Bristol road.

The accompanying graph shows the growth of carriers’ services centred on Basingstoke and extending to villages within a 6 to 8 mile radius of the t

Foxton Locks are ten canal locks, buit in 1814 and consisting of two "staircases" each of five locks, located on the Leicester line of the Grand Un

The earliest scheme for a modern, locomotive operated railway in the Derbyshire coalfield, proposed in 1832, was for a line running down the Erewas

The transformation of Salisbury Plain from sheep downland to military training grounds, between 1897 and 1914, coincided with the heyday of railway

Codford station, with the stationmaster’s lodge nearby, opened in 1856 at the far south-west corner of the parish, and was linked to the main road

Henley grew up on the back of the Thames river trade with London, and from the Middle Ages the waterfront has been a vital part of the town.

Image: Culham Lock in 1888, a modern-style poundlock with gates at each end.

Henley from the Wargrave Road (detail) by Jan Siberechts: from an original painting in the River & Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames

Halling railway station was opened on 1 March 1890, much later than the adjacent stations at Cuxton and Snodland. This view is pre-1914.