Though the Romans are famed for their roads along with many other things, they didn’t invent the idea of roads but rather vastly improved upon what had gone before with better engineering, money and manpower to it easier for their vast armies to police the empire and to a lesser extent to enable trade and commerce.When the Romans arrived in Britain there was already a road system of sorts that dated back thousands of years. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Watling Street is the name given to an ancient trackway in England and Wales that was first used by the Britons mainly between the modern cities of Canterbury and . The name Watling Street can be derived from the Latin term ‘Via Strata’ which was the designation for any paved roadway and ‘Waeclingas’ or “people of Waecla” who were a tribe who lived just a mile or two away from where I am writing this in the lands around the old city of Most traffic in pre Roman times were between the areas of modern Canterbury and The Romans began constructing paved roads shortly after their invasion in 43AD. Fittingly for the Romans who used their fine roads for military use, it was midway up Watling Street not too far from Chester that was the location of heroic and indeed barbaric Queen Boudica’s defeat by the Romans. The A2 road between Dover and London runs over or parallel to the old path. 01606 42452 01606 350440 Watling Street Medical Centre, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 5EX I have found a few bits just walking around the park in St. Albans after the rain but mostly bits of pottery or mosaic.Another nice post (I have just come across your blog which will keep me entertained for a long while I think).Aah Time Team from the olden days when everyone was having a bad hair day. “Watlingestrate” was one of the four roads protected by the king’s peace in the Laws of Edward the Confessor, the last great Anglo-Saxon king.Watling Street was such an impressive feature of the British Isles that it has been used as a boundary of many historic administrative units, and some of these are still in existence today, either through continuity or the adoption of these as by successor areas. A map of the Saxon Watling Street overlaid on the Roman road networkA stretch of modern-day Watling Street in BuckinghamshireBBC Time Team excavation and discussion, from 34:50 Although it is possible the Romans used a ferry prior to the expansion of Londinium in the rebuilding following Boudica's sack of the city in the year 60 or 61. A section of Watling Street still exists in the City of London close to Mansion House underground station on the route of the original Roman road which traversed the River Thames via the first London Bridge and ran through the City in a straight line from London Bridge to Newgate.The sections of the road in Central London possess a variety of names, including Edgware Road and Maida Vale. St Albans.. One of the most important as these was the Treaty of Alfred and Guthrum where it is thought that Watling Street was made the SW boundary of the Danelaw (lands conquered by Danish Vikings).More peacefully, the route remains the boundary between the counties Leicestershire and Warwickshire which may itself be a legacy of the ancient treaty. n Watling Street wat′ling strët, one of the great Roman highways of Britain, commencing at Dover, passing through Canterbury and Rochester to London, and thence to Chester and York, and northwards in two branches to Carlisle and the Wall in the neighbourhood of Newcastle. Thanks for the video which as it happens was the first thing to spark my interest as to whether they may have been a Roman crossing in the area. It was what might today be called a Toll Road.Much of the road is still in use today, apart from a few sections where it has been diverted. Castlefield is an inner city conservation area of Manchester in North West England.The conservation area which bears its name is bounded by the River Irwell, Quay Street, Deansgate and Chester Road.It was the site of the Roman era fort of Mamucium or Mancunium which gave its name to Manchester. Through Milton Keynes, the A5 is diverted onto a new dual carriageway; Watling Street proper remains and forms part of the Milton Keynes grid road system.A number of Old English names testify to route of Watling Street either by using the name outright as is the case where I live or in related names suchBoughton Street in Kent; Colney Street in Hertfordshire; Fenny Stratford and Stony Stratford in Buckinghamshire; Old Stratford in Northamptonshire; Stretton under Fosse and Stretton Baskerville in Warwickshire.If you’d like to explore Roman London with me on a fabulous private, guided walking tour then do check out Lived in Bricket Wood for a few years and was a keen detectorist .I found many Roman coins and artifacts in the fields around Watling Street.Oh wow, that must have been lots of fun. Thank you, please leave a valid email address when completing the form below and Healthwatch Cheshire West will be in touch.