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The Buck was constructed as a Georgian coaching inn and is situated near the base of the 2300 foot tall Buckden Pike in the Yorkshire Dales.

From the net.

'The Great North Road used to run through the middle of the village.
It was an established main road from London to the North at the time of the Norman Conquest.
It was maintained as an important highway throughout the middle ages, and greatly improved by Edward I (1272-1307) who needed it for moving his armies.

In the eighteenth century, new methods of road building made coach travel much more comfortable and fast, and therefore more popular.
This brought employment and prosperity to the village as there was a demand for farriers, wheelwrights, corn merchants and hostelries.

The introduction of the railways however had a dramatic impact on Buckden.
In 1854 the 'History, Gazetteer and Directory of the County of Huntingdon' said of the village:


"...a quiet, insignificant place compared to what it was in coaching times, when the traffic through it was very considerable, but the many railroads which intersect the country have deprived it of its trade and support.
Not one coach is now to be seen in the streets of this once bustling village'.

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