More about this scene
Caption for Thurmaston, The Newark Road C1965:
A Roman milestone was excavated at
Thurmaston, but the name is Anglo-
Scandinavian. The village sits astride the
Roman Fosse Way, but it is attractive no longer:
for the last hundred years it has been in all but
name a part of North Leicester. The relatively
narrow main street carried heavy traffic to
Nottingham, the north, and the east coast. By
the late 1950s it had become overwhelmed,
and Newark Road, known as the bypass, was constructed on the east side of the village.
When this photograph was taken, the road had been open for two years, an arid, treeless
swathe, but manna from heaven in an urgent world.
An extract from
Leicestershire Villages Photographic Memories.