The Roman Road from Great Chesterford to Radwinter

Margary Number: 300

Distance: 7.25 miles

The direction of this road towards Radwinter, where there does not seem to have been a Roman settlement is at first glance a little odd. However, it does connect Great Chesterford to both the known settlements at Wixoe and Great Dunmow. Two birds with one stone?




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Lidar Image - Full Route

The first kilometre is perhaps a bit subjective but from there on the route to Radwinter in not really in doubt.

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Lidar Image and Route Map 1

There is nothing to suggest that the road would not have been straight over that gap.

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Little Walden Road - Google Earth

For once an aerial photo shows the road - or least its ditches - better than lidar. The road must have been completely ploughed out here but the ditches remain as darker strips.

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little walden

Lidar Image and Route Map 2

Adapts to the contours a little as would to be expected but then is very direct.

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New House Lane

Our road has "captured" New House Lane for a short length. This is a common occurence where a modern lane adopts the original Roman line for a short distance before resuming its intended direction.

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new house lane

Lidar Image and Route Map 3

That direct alignment continues to just north of radwinter where it turns to the south. It is joined by the Roman road in from Wixoe.

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Last update: July 2020

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