Writer Way

(Our trail begins on Hailgate, not far from the Methodist Church, as the road begins to bear left towards the town centre. Use ‘View on map’ from the trail’s homepage to reach point ‘1’ and the start of the trail).

Look carefully and you’ll notice that more has changed here on Hailgate than you might think!  A row of buildings pictured in the archive image of 1901 have since been demolished to widen the access to Market Place on the right-hand side.

The house on the right-hand edge of the image is late 18th century and was occupied by the writer Nevil Shute, who is said to have penned his first novel, ‘Marazan’ in this very house.