B1354 road

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B1354 road
Approaching Melton Constable on B1354 Briston Road.
Route information
Length: 8.2 mi (13.2 km)
Major junctions
West-north-west end: A148 Thursford
  A148
B1110
B1149
East-south-east end: B1149 Saxthorpe
Road network

The B1354 runs for about 8.2 miles (13.2 km)[1] between the A148 at Thursford[2] and the B1149 at Saxthorpe,[3] and is entirely within the county of Norfolk.[4] The road is the main route of access to Norwich and to Fakenham for the large villages of Melton Constable and Briston.

The route[edit]

The route of this old thoroughfare can be clearly made out on William Faden’s map of Norfolk[5] which was surveyed between 1790 and 1794. This map, the first large-scale map (at one inch to the mile) of the whole county, is a record of the landscape and transport system of the county of Norfolk in late 18th century, and shows that despite the Parliamentary Enclosure of the early 19th century the route has changed very little. Much of the route on the map is highlighted in a pale pink which marks it out as an important artery of the time. In recent years the roads route has been redirected from its junction with the A148 at Thursford for a distance of 1.7 miles (2.7 km) and now takes the route of the old track bed of the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway [6] route between Melton Constable and Fakenham.

Points of interest[edit]

At the point on the route were the road leaves the old track bed and returns to its original course the road passes the old Gunthorpe level crossing gatehouse and signal box on the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway, which has been restored to its former glory and is now a tea room.

Heading from the West-north-west end, 3 miles (4.8 km) on the road reaches Melton Constable and on the south side of the road there is an industrial area that was once the site of the busy junction of four railway lines. The lines which came from Cromer, North Walsham, King's Lynn and Norwich and linked Norfolk to the Midlands. There was once a station with a platform 800 feet (240 m) long and Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway's main workshops and factory were also situated here. This made this road a busy and important part of Norfolk’s transport infrastructure.

Gallery[edit]

Destinations[edit]

Travelling from West-north-west East-south-east the road passes through :

References[edit]

  1. ^ Calculation Gathered using Google Pedometer
  2. ^ OS Explorer Map 24 - Norfolk Coast Central. ISBN 0-319-21726-4.
  3. ^ OS Explorer Map 252 - Norfolk Coast East. ISBN 978-0-319-23815-8.
  4. ^ County A to Z Atlas, Street & Road maps Norfolk, ISBN 978-1-84348-614-5
  5. ^ Faden’s Map of Norfolk 1797, Digitally redrawn in 2005 by Andrew Macnair. North Central Map ISBN 978-0-9550398-2-9
  6. ^ Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles, 1914 edition

Coordinates: 52°51′21″N 1°03′09″E / 52.8558°N 1.0525°E / 52.8558; 1.0525