Here are three brief references to them on the Turnpike Road, now Hatfield Road, as it passed through Fleetville.
|From Fleetville: four miles to Hatfield, and|
later 13 miles to Ware.
|An extant mile marker on the road to Ware, |
manufactured by a different trust.
Today, it is difficult to imagine the true width of these old roads, and when we boast about the modern width of Hatfield Road it has only been engineered that way in modern times. So here is an example of an unwidened section, although it is not in the East End of St Albans. Almost no-one drives along the Old Watford Road today to reach that town; we have a wonderful dualled-carriageway nearby which better serves our needs.
|Old Watford Road where a toll gate had been located.|
To hear more facts, urban myths and – as Dr Lucy Worsley likes to playfully suggest – "fibs", Fleetville Diaries has an illustrated presentation about the Reading & Hatfield Turnpike Trust on Wednesday 27th February at Fleetville Community Centre; coincidentally one hundred metres from the Fleetville mile
marker! Further details on the Welcome page of www.stalbansowneastend.org.uk