On This Day: ‘Hathersage New Road’

From the Derby Mercury, 9th August 1820:

HATHERSAGE NEW ROAD

The Hathersage new branch of turnpike road was opened on Thursday, by the Wellington coach running that line in the early part of the day, on which were placed some of the trustees of the road, the surveyor, the undertakers, and as many workmen as could sit upon the roof thereof.  On arriving at Hathersage, the passengers were met by hundreds of the inhabitants, and the venerable Major Shuttleworth, with his usual liberality, supplied the company with ale, spirits, punch, &c. while the coach pulled up in the front of his mansion, the bells of the church ringing, and the populace rejoicing at being accommodated with a better and easier line of road, which they had so long wished for.  On arriving at the George Inn, the workmen had a treat given them, and spent the remainder of the day in making merry, having finished their labours.  

The County Local Studies Library holds the Derby Mercury – just ring to book a microfilm reader.  If you have a Derbyshire library card you can also view 19th century issues of the newspaper here.