Chalk cutting

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View from Puddle Hill in 1906 looking down towards the chalk cutting and the Green Man public house. An army of men with shovels dug the cutting in 1837 in a desperate attempt to make the stagecoach journeys into Dunstable less arduous and persuade travellers not to use the forthcoming railway instead. Even with four extra horses there had been immense difficulty in drawing coaches over the steep hill, especially after an unpleasant slog through the notoriously muddy road from Hockliffe. The railway arrived in 1838 and almost immedately the once-profitable stagecoach buisness in Dunstable came to an end.