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Peddars Way Roman Road

Section 2: Saham Toney to Brettenham

Margary Number: 33b

Distance: 42 miles (total in Norfolk)

This section takes us from Saham Toney to the County Boundary near Brettenham. If features the single change of direction for this road in Norfolk.

 

 

 

Historic Counties: Norfolk

Current Counties: Norfolk

HER: Norfolk

 

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Aerial/Lidar Image - Full Route Section 3

We currently run out of Lidar coverage for most of this section but there is some available as we reach Suffolk. Aerial photography courtesy of Bing has been used to confirm the route.

Near Hockham the road makes its one major turn of 19 degrees.

Strangely, the long straight alignments, such a feature of this road, changes once we reach Knettishall in Suffolk.

 

 

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Lidar Image and Route Map 14

The route shown is a best guess based on the aerial photography and the likelihood that the road would have needed a strong reason to deviate from straight but no significant obstacle appears evident. The route depicted therefore differs slightly to that shown by the Ordnance Survey. We will have to await the new Lidar coverage to confirm the precise line here.

 

 

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Peddars Way - Sparrow Hill, Tottington

Peddars Way, the footpath, rejoins the Roman line at Sparrow Hill. There isn't much evidence of a Roman agger but my line would place it in the trees to the left of the footpath.

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Lidar Image and Route Map 15

Not really any doubt on the road's alignment on this stretch passing Thompson Water. There does appear to have been a very subtle change of direction to negotiate this pond.

 

 

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Peddars Way - Galley Hill, Hockham

At last a change of direction from that we have been following all the way from Holme next the Sea! So we now turn through 19 degrees and take a more southerly course for our final alignment towards Suffolk. There is some indication on the left image that Galley Hill is actually a reasonable hill and was no doubt logically selected for setting out reasons.

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Lidar Image and Route Map 16

On this section is the alignment change of 19 degrees at Galley Hill before we head for Stonebridge..

 

 

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Peddars Way - A1075, Stonebridge

The Dog and Partridge in Stonebridge is approximately on the line of the Roman road and for any long distance path walkers at last some rest and relaxation.

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Stonebridge

Lidar Image and Route Map 17

More of the same, the alignment continuing unerringly straight on. The A11 is an unrestricted dual carriageway and great care is needed here. Another case of a footbridge needed?.

 

 

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Peddars Way - Crossing the A11

There is a car park here for the forest but the A11 is hardly a safe road to attempt to cross.

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Lidar Image and Route Map 18

On the basis of the Lidar evidence the Roman alignment seems to have been more direct than the current Peddars Way Footpath.

 

 

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Peddars Way - River Thet

At Brettenham, Peddars Way has to cross the River Thet. The indications are from the Lidar data that the Roman crossing point was more direct (see Map18) and west of the current footbridge.

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Lidar Image and Route Map 19

The long alignment from Galley Hill comes to an end for the crossing of the Little Ouse River. The Roman road dog-legs to negotiate the river.

Once into Suffolk a new alignment begins but that is another story.

 

 

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Peddars Way - Little Ouse River

In the left image this is the end of the long alignment and we swing to the right for presumably the best bridging point in Roman times.

In the right hand image we are on the Suffolk bank looking back to Norfolk.

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little ouse

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Last update: January 2020

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