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The Roman Road from Toftrees to Billingford

Margary Number: None

Distance: 8 miles

A very short road which in reality could be considered as a continuation of the Brampton to Billingford Roman road. However, Margary numbered the latter road as being part of an extended Fen Causeway, which does not appear to be the case. This road has therefore been treated as a separate road.

Norfolk HER: 11358

 

 

Historic Counties: Norfolk

Current Counties: Norfolk

HER: Norfolk

 

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Aerial Photos and Route Map

Currently (2019) no Lidar data for Toftrees itself is available so aerial photos have been used there.

The inset is plate 4 from East Anglian Archaeology Report No. 5 1977 adjusted to fit. Base aerial is Google Earth.

The Toftrees Roman settlement appears to have been at the road junction. In the inset image faint traces of strip properties(?) at right angles to the road are visible.

The road heading to the left (wrongly positioned on the OS map) is the Roman road to North Pickenham.

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Oblique 3D Lidar Image - looking towards North Elham

Looking along the line of the Roman road from Hamrow House towards North Elham and Billingford. The major turn of direction is at Harper's Green with a second one approaching North Elham.

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Lidar Image and Route Map 1

The Google Earth aerial does not show our road so a straight alignment has been assumed. We will have to await the arrival of new EA lidar data to confirm its precise location. From Hamrow House the route is evident in the Lidar data.

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Lidar Image and Route Map 2

We are now on firmer ground with the lidar showing the route well. It had been previously mostly worked out using aerial photos (EAA Report No.5) in the 1970s and Lidar has offered a few minor corrections.

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B1145, North Elham - looking back towards Toftrees

Moot point here as to whether the modern road is the Roman line or if it is just to the right (north) of it in that undergrowth. Lidar (below) shows something alongside the modern road but is perhaps not clear enough to decide unambiguously.

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Lidar Image and Route Map 3

Lidar has corrected the line at Maltings Farm/Brisley Common. From here on the modern road down to North Elham is on or alongside the Roman Line.

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Billingford Road (B1145), North Elham - looking towards Billingford

Appropriately named Biilingford Road leads directly to the Roman site at Billingford. Here we are passing the Railway Inn, North Elham level crossing is behind us.

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Last update: January 2020

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