Asenby is fortunate to have good transport links:-
In 1618 “eleven persons of Asenbie fined for not leading four waine-loads of cobblestones for amending of the high waie in the said parish”
In 1650 “the inhabitants of Aizenby fined for not repairing their part of the highway between Burrowbridge and Topcliffe”
In 1923 “we view with the gravest concern the continued indifference ofthe North Riding County Council in dealing with the numerous blind corners and cross-roads under their jurisdiction situated in the township of Asenby. Up to now minor collisions have been frequent and regular. Our lives and that of our stock is daily imperilled with the great increase of heavy traffic on the A1 road and time is not far distant for some very serious and possibly fatal accident to take place”
In 1933 “the footpath is unsafe for school children walking to Topcliffe…..a death trap with present day traffic”(At that time the riverside footpath to Topcliffe was on the opposite side of the road to where it is now).
Asenby Parish Council Minutes
Several Asenby residents complained about the proposed route of the by-pass and the compensation paid to them. One of the casualties of the new by-pass was the petrol station at Asenby Bank Top (next to where Monie Veigh is now). With dwindling passing traffic, the garage closed.
The effect on ‘ordinary’ village residents is described graphically in the following poem written by Maureen Manning who used to live in Stonedelph.
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