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NEVISON - THE ROUTE OF THE EPIC RIDE
(Based upon Samuel Defoe's account inThe Newgate Calendar)

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Based upon an account by Daniel Defoe in A Tour Thro' the Whole Island of Great Britain 1724., vol. i., letter ii. Published in The Newgate Calendar.

Nevisons Ride.Some say that Nevison made the famous epic ride from Gad's Hill in Kent to York in less than a day. Others state that it was another highwayman, Nicks - "Swiftnicks". It is also claimed by some that Nicks and Nevison are the same. In the Nevison story in the Newgate Calendar, no mention of the epic ride is made.

However, Nicks is credited with the ride in the Newgate Calendar, although the starting points differ in the account given in Captain Richard Dudley (starting point Barnet, north of the River Thames) and Daniel Defoe's story (starting point Gadshill, south of the River Thames).

Nevison was certainly real and famous, what does seem less certain is the true identity of the man who made the journey. One thing is clear, the story that it was Dick Turpin who made this ride is a work of fiction.

Nevison was captured at Sandal Magna in the old Three Houses Inn (formerly The Magpie) and executed at York. According to Captain Alexander Smith in his account of Captain Richard Dudley, his associate, Swiftnicks, retired and did well!

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GadshillGad's Hhill, Kent - the starting point of the epic ride to York.

Gadshill is on the old main road from Dover to London (now superseded by the modern M2 Motorway and A2 trunk road). From here, Nevison rode to Gravesend, crossed the River Thames by ferry to Tilbury. He then rode on to Chelmsford, the Great North Road and York.,

Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service. Image reproduced by kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland. (Ordnance Survey 2001 map).


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