Since the turn of the millennium there has been an explosion of literature dedicated to the culture of driving, and motorways and their service stations in particular. The references that follow are for our benefit as much as yours, reminders that we really ought to be reading more! If anyone has other suggests of things that should be added, we would be really delighted to hear about them.
Baldwin P. and Baldwin, R. The Motorway Achievement: The British Motorway System: Visualisation, Policy and Administration (2004)
Carrington, J., The Motorway Achievement: Building the Network in the Midlands (2009).
Hilliam, O., Rosten, J., and Sinden, N., ‘England and the Octopus revisited’, Conversation Bulletin 65 (2010), pp. 7-9.
Jarvis, W., An Archaeological Evaluation on Land at New Lubbesthorpe/Drummond Estate, Leicestershire (2011).
Lawrence, D., Always a Welcome–the Glove Compartment History of the Motorway Service Area (1999).
Lawrence, D., Food on the Move: the Extraordinary World of the Motorway Service Area (2010).
Mauch, C. and Zeller, T. (eds), The World beyond the Windscreen: Roads and Landscapes in the United States and in Europe (2007)
May, J., ‘Rescue archaeology in the East Midlands’, Midland History 2.1 (1973), pp. 11-17.
Merriman P., ”Operation motorway’: landscapes of construction on England’s M1 motorway’, Journal of Historical Geography, 31 (2005), pp. 113-133.
Merriman P. 20 ‘A new look at the English landscape’: landscape architecture, movement and the aesthetics of motorways in early postwar Britain’, Cultural Geographies, 13 (2006), pp. 78-105.
Merriman, P., ‘Enfolding and gathering the landscape: the geographies of England’s M1 motorway corridor’, in M. Hvattum, B. Brenna, B.Elvebakk, and J. Kampevold Larsen (eds), Routes, Roads and Landscapes (2011), pp. 213-226.
Merriman, P., ‘Driving places: Marc Augé, non-places and the geographies of England’s M1 motorway’, in D. Gregory and N. Castree (eds), Human Geography, Volume Three: Space, Place and Landscape, (2011), pp. 315-336.
Merriman, P., Driving Spaces: A Cultural-Historical Geography of England’s M1 Motorway (2011).
Moran, J., On Roads: a Hidden History (2010).
Soper, R.H., ‘The M1: Britian’s first inter-urban motorway’, Proceedings of the Institute of Civil Engineers–Engineering and Heritage, 163.2 (2010), pp. 129-134.
Starkey, D. The Motorway Age: Raoads and Traffic Policies in Post-War Britain (1982).
Squires, A., ‘The rabbit in Leicestershire’.