TO you, the B1222 is probably no more than a pleasant-enough backroad that meanders from York past Stillingfleet to Cawood and Sherburn in Elmet.


To Cawood local historian David Lewis, however, it is much more than that.


The road has been a ‘welcoming companion’ to many of the major stages of his life, he says – and also has an astonishing richness of history that makes it exceptional. So exceptional, he’s written a book about it.


He’s called the book Rhubarb, Royalty and the Rings of Saturn – a reference to just some of the features, historic and modern, that the road takes in in the course of its 20-mile length.


“In many ways, the B1222 is an entirely ‘normal’ B road,” David writes in the book. “But …  in its winding course, it graces the scene of more historic events than a normal road.


“It passes a fine carving of the face of Henry II at Stillingfleet, the ‘Windsor of the North’ at Cawood, and Anglo-Saxon King Athelstan’s palace at Sherburn.


The B1222 also breezes by a centre of rhubarb research, a space probe to Saturn and through a Celtic kingdom.


“What’s more, I have lived in Cawood, bisected by the B1222, for over half of my adult life, and came to see it as a welcoming companion on my way to and from university, to and from visiting friends and family, to and from hospital for the birth of my daughter and to and from work.”

David Lewis - Rhubarb Roayalty And The Rings Of Saturn : The Story Of The B1222