You can clearly still perceive how this used to be a sweeping bend of a busy trunk road. Thankfully, a tunnel has been built under Hindhead and now the old A3 London to Portsmouth road can be used by walkers and cyclists to enjoy the spectacular views over the Devil’s Punch Bowl.
This now tranquil dog-walking path was, 50 years ago, part of London’s North Circular ring road. Click through to follow in its tracks.
An old bridge over a stream once carried the A4(M) around Maidenhead in Berkshire, a precursor to and now usurped by today’s M4.
This is the old Rochester Way, Dartford’s first by-pass built in the 1930s. It became obsolete in the 1960s as increased traffic warranted a faster, more direct route, especially with the arrival of the Dartford Tunnel drawing even more traffic into the area.
This is the old Portsmouth road running through Putney Heath and Roehampton in south-west London. This was a main road up until at least the 1930s, according to my historical edition of the London A-Z, but has long since been abandoned, probably around the same time the Roehampton housing estate was developed and the Tibbetts Corner underpass constructed.