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Cheapside, in the Square Mile, was one of London’s major jousting locations in the Middle Ages. It was abuzz with exicitement, competition and energy!
And, this medieval jousting is a part of our lives, even today. The British custom of keeping to the left on the roads developed when jousting competitors needed to keep their javelin or sword hand free to meet the oncoming horsemen. Most people were right handed, so they passed each other on the left.
But, on the Continent they drive on the right – and this was introduced by Emperor Napoleon, who was left handed. As he was responsible for developing the Roman roads and establishing a ‘modern’ system across most of Europe, the right-hand drive was adopted on the Continent.