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Rollingthunder
5th Dec 2006, 07:50
Walked the path from Wantage at the mill to Letcombe Regis one day. A loverly stroll through the downs.

What I noticed in Letcombe Regis was 12 foot high sidewalks with the road far, far below.

What was the reason for this construction?

Whirlygig
5th Dec 2006, 09:16
Rollingthunder, I'm not sure about that but it was the last place where the Riot Act was read!

Unless you got a bit boisterous in The Greyhound and it was read again!!

Cheers

Whirls

Selfloading
8th Dec 2006, 19:16
Not sure if this answers your question, but when I was at school in Wantage, many years ago, the local history teacher told us that the road surface was so much lower than the surrounding countryside purely because of erosion over hundreds of years.
Incidentally it was known as Black Wantage the home of layabouts and criminals.

G-CPTN
8th Dec 2006, 19:27
I don't know the region of which you speak, but is it perhaps susceptible to flooding? In days of yore, the roads would have been negotiated on horseback or in a cart, whereas the proletariat would have traversed the area on foot.


12ft, however, is a trifle excessive unless the problem was major, in which case the 'highway' would have been impassible.