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Daventry is at lower right in this plan of part of Northamptonshire, situated near large canal-feeder reservoirs. Turnpike roads are highlighted in buff throughout the area. The money raised by such toll roads, established during the coaching era of the 18th century, raised money that contributed significantly to the development of the transport infrastructure of the county. Transport links in this area were further developed by the opening of the Oxford, Warwick and Grand Junction canals (highlighted in blue), which allowed new settlements and trades to flourish.
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This plan covers part of East Warwickshire showing the Warwick and Oxford Canals at the top the sheet. Nearby is the intersection of two Roman roads: the Fosse Way and Watling Street. Coombe Abbey, depicted in the lower part of the sheet, had been one of the the most powerful and wealthy monasteries in Warwickshire. Following Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries, Sir John Harrington bought the abbey and built a new house on the property, incorporating much of the stonework from the disbanded monastery. The Craven family, who owned the property for the 300 years after Harrington's death, constructed the formal gardens, moat and lake depicted on the plan.