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How transport changed Stoke Bruerne

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How transport changed Stoke Bruerne COURSEWORK Stoke Bruerne started off as a small agricultural village where three roman roads met. These roman roads were: Akeman, Icknield and Watling. Stoke Bruerne has changed over many years; the changes took place because of the different types of transport used. The types of transport used were the Grand Union Canal, Railways and the improvement of the roads. Without these types of transport Stoke Bruerne would not be a tourist attraction today. The Duke of Bridgewater built the first canal in 1765 between his coalmines in Worsley and Manchester. Others spotted that they would benefit from the canals so they developed all over the country. Reason that they would benefit from them is that they were more direct and cheaper. In 1793 work began on the Grand Junction Canal the reason for this was to have a more direct route between London and Birmingham. (Guidebook) This canal cut Stoke Bruerne in half. Making the centre of the village move. The centre of the village was the green and chapel lane would have run through it, so when the canal was completed the center of the village moved alongside the canal. ...read more.


The reason for building them next to the mill was so that the workers would arrive for work on time. Now two of the mill cottages are holiday lets, which are rented out. In 1851 the double lock closed and became a single lock again because there wasn't many people using the canal anymore. It also became a single lock again because they couldn't afford it and it also couldn't compete with the railways. (Visit + Canal company minutes) Between 1874 - 1878 the Navigation Inn returned back into a farm. (Whittaker almanac) The reason why it changed was because there was a decrease of people using the canal. Around 1900 the corn mill closes because they weren't getting enough intake because of lack of population. Many people found work outside of Stoke Bruerne so it wasn't worth keeping the corn mill open. (Guidebook) 1890's the chapel closed because most of the congregation moved away so there weren't enough people who used the church. As well as people moving away the vicar died. ...read more.


The nature reserve is quite good for people with children as they can feed the ducks. (Visit) The surgery became the Bruerne Lock restaurant in 1991. Again this restaurant is quite expensive. This restaurant would also attract people to Stoke Bruerne because you can have a good but expensive meal out. (Visit) In 1994 the Navigation Inn became a pub and family restaurant. This changed because of the people who went to see the canal and museum or even Stoke Bruerne itself. 2001 the footbridge opens. This helped because they could cross the canal safely. This meant it would be safer for children and the elderly. (Visit) Then recently this year, 2006 the Costa coffee shop opens. This was to attract more visitors to the town in order to make a small profit. (Visit) Stoke Bruerne is a lot like Leighton Buzzard as they both started to develop because of the canals. Then when railways took over Leighton Buzzard developed further because of the railway in Linslade. Whereas, Stoke Bruerne decreased as there were no railways nearby. After the railways the roads changed them both again, Leighton Buzzard became a commuter town and Stoke Bruerne became a tourist attraction. Sam Krzywopulski ...read more.

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