Book Review Researching Rutland	Registered Charity No 700273 Rutland Local History & Record Society
The Turnpike Roads of Leicestershire and Rutland By Arthur Cossens. Published by Kairos Press, 2003 - £6.50 The history of the development of turnpikes: their origin, construction, maintenance, the speed of coach journeys, tolls, and an example of the procedure for passing a Turnpike Act through Parliament. Also gazetteer which gives details of the relevant Acts of Parliament and a route sketch for each of the 34 turnpike roads which ran through the counties. The author of this book, who died in 1963, had a great interest in local history and in turnpike roads in particular. At the time he died the text had been completed but not published. His heirs have now decided to publish. The first half consists of information on the history of the development of turnpikes – their origin, construction, maintenance, the speed of coach journeys, tolls, and an example of the procedure for passing a Turnpike Act through Parliament. Inevitably most of the specific references are to roads in Leicestershire, but some of the facts on Rutland are interesting.