Wednesday, May 18, 2022


From earliest times, a network of local pathways would have developed to link local settlements and farmsteads. However, in Dodderhill the brine springs would have given the locality a regional if not national importance, and as a consequence a long-distance ridgeway route traversed the area. Later three Roman roads were built in the locality now defined by the parish of Dodderhill, and one of these Roman roads continued as a major route, becoming the A38 trunk road.

Industrialisation and the need to develop a cheap and effective system where goods could be transported saw the development of the canal network, and although Dodderhill does not have major industry, the canal network borders the parish on both the east and south.

The Victorian period heralded the “Age of the Train”, and although there is no railway station in the parish, two separate railway lines traverse Dodderhill.

The River Salwarpe must have been a larger river at one time, as references have been found to it having boats in the 1300s; its being navigable in the 1660s; and its use by a fire boat in 1800s.

Roads came to the fore as the preferred means of transport for many industries and individuals, and during the 1960s a network of motorways began to be developed across the country. The M5, effectively splitting the parish from north to south, was first opened as a two lane motorway in 1962, before being widened to a three lane motorway in 1985.

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