Saga of Thorndon’s ‘Old London Road’ reaches dead end
The saga over whether there should be a new restricted byway in Thorndon taking the name Old London Road has ended.
Extensive research of old documents has been carried out which has shown there is no supporting evidence.
At a Suffolk County Council Rights of Way Review, councillors unanimously rejected a 2010 British Horse Society formal application for a restricted byway in Thorndon Parish, allegedly called the Old London Road, to be added to the Suffolk Definitive Map linking Bakers Lane with Dairy Farm Road, Aspall (formerly known as Chicherleys Way). The council’s Definitive Map Team investigation report concluded there was not sufficient evidence to support even a suggestion that the alleged historic route was a public road, and it recommended rejection of the application made under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
Thorndon Parish Council withdrew support for a similar byway application made in 2007 following documentary evidence objecting to it being presented at a public meeting. Consequently it did not support the 2010 application. No historic evidence of the existence of such a road was found in Suffolk Records Office or elsewhere to support the application and The British Library Map Room confirmed it held no reference to any ‘London Road’ between Debenham and Eye at any time.
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