I think we know this, don’t we?

The north-south divide has been the butt of jokes in Britain for years, but research has shown the Watford Gap, which separates the country, was in fact established centuries ago when the Vikings invaded Britain.

According to the archaeologist Max Adams, who made the discovery while researching his new book, the Northamptonshire-Warwickshire boundary known as the Watford Gap is a geographic and cultural reality that can be traced back to the Viking age.

I think it would be very difficult to argue that this is a new discovery, wouldn’t it?

14 thoughts on “I think we know this, don’t we?”

  1. “In 1959, when the M1 was first built, the Watford Gap was its end point – the butt of north-south divide jokes ever since,”

    No, it wasn’t. The end of the first section of M1 was at J18 near a place called Crick about four miles further up the road where the A428 from Rugby to Northampton crossed it.

  2. I think that anyone who is old enough to have been taught history at school would find it difficult to consider it a new discovery. Makes one wonder about what Mr Adams and the editorial staff at the Grauniad were taught.

  3. Watford Gap is indeed a geographical reality, and its reality is why that’s where there’s a cultural boundary. It’s such a tight gap it constricts travel between each side it naturally forms a barrier between different areas. It’s like being surprised that there’s a cultural boundary along the Pyrenees. It would only be a surprise to anybody who had never looked at a map with contours – such a Google can’t-make-myself-call-it-a-map.

  4. The gap is not caused by geography, and programmes to redistribute money from south to north to will not address it.
    It’s all about skills and migration effects it seems.

  5. Quite, BiG, we scared them shitless so they went back up north to subjugate an easier foe. Or was it the house prices that scared them so?

  6. @ Bongo
    Actually, a large chunk of the gap between North and South in ecopnomic terms is down to geography and the attempts by socialists to ignore geography by mandating national pay scales despite the existence of transport cost defferentials between factories in the north and factories in the south serving markets covering UK, Eurtope and the world.
    As a result more factories moved south, increasing the disadvantages to their northern suppliers and customers with a ratchet effect.

  7. @DocBud,

    They didn’t fancy spending the rest of their days on grimmy runs, followed by the post-sex elbow about whether Sainsbury was better than Tesco this week.

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