Leek to Buxton
While the geographical focus of our project was the South West Peak Park area, we did not confine our research to it. We researched the towns and villages around the area. This told us that in Leek and in Buxton there were and probably still are thriving communities of Travellers. We assumed therefore that the Leek to Buxton road, the A53, would probably have been used by Travellers from the mid to late 1800's onwards, once horse drawn transport, then motorised transport became popular. This theory was strengthened when we found a census record listing 18 members of the Boswell family stopping overnight in the back yard of the Three Horseshoes Inn at Blackshaw Moor.