The overlays that highlight 17th century London features are approximate and derived from Wenceslaus Hollar’s maps:

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San Diego Sarah  •  Link

The route from London to Huntingdon is still based on the Roman Ermine Street, which my father called "the Old North Road":

Ermine Street begins at Bishopsgate, where one of the seven gates in the wall surrounding Roman London was located.
From here it runs north up Norton Folgate, Shoreditch High Street and Kingsland Road through Stoke Newington (forming Stoke Newington Road and Stoke Newington High Street), Tottenham, Edmonton and Eastern Enfield (Ponders End, Enfield Highway, Enfield Wash and Freezywater) to Royston.
This section of Ermine Street from London to Royston, Hertfordshire is now largely part of the A10.
At this point it crosses another Roman road, the Icknield Way.
From Royston, the route was formerly the A14 to the A1, but is now the A1198 to Godmanchester (Durovigutum). Ignoring bypasses and modern diversions, the road through Huntingdon to the Alconbury junction on the A1 roughly follows the route.

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