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The Roman Road from Wixoe to Long Melford

Margary Number: 34a

Distance: 11 miles

The evidence for this road is not overly strong or at least not for its course. The Ordnance Survey mark a section at the Long Melford end as Roman and the recent excavations at Long Melford (see ref) show the start of a road heading east. The latter is confirmed by lidar and takes the road further east. Putting these 2 clues together then a route can be postulated largely following the modern A1092 via Clare. I have shown the route dotted on the location map. Really a bit more evidence is required.

 

 

Historic Counties: Suffolk

Current Counties: Suffolk

HER: Suffolk

 

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Lidar Image - Full Route

It is a river valley route which is a bit unusual for the Romans as they tended to prefer higher ground. However, the direct route between the two sites is along the valley so there is a logic to it.

 

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Wixoe Roman Site - Lidar Image & Oxford Archaeology Site Plan

Thanks to a pipeline being laid across Wixoe we have an excellent site map of this small town. At least one high status building was recorded together with the road system (shown in yellow). These tie in with what is visible in the Lidar imagery.

Ref: Excavations at Wixoe Roman Town, Rob Atkins, Oxford Archaeology, 2012

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Oblique 3D Lidar Image - Wixoe Roman Town

This is by far the best evidence that this road exists. The agger is clear heading away from the town in the direction of Long Melford. So the road found in the excavation was not just a local road it went further, much further, and surely Long Melford can only have been its destination.

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Lidar Image and Route Map 1

This is probably the most secure section of our road with some intermittent signs supporting this course.

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Cavendish Road, Clare

Looks a little Roman like so it could well be the line of our road. Big ditch on the left (north) side.

Image; Google

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Clare

Lidar Image and Route Map 2

Again not a lot of evidence on the ground so we are forced to assume the modern road through Clare and Cavendish overlie the Roman road.

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High Street, Cavendish

This is the start of the generally straight length of the A1092 that the OS label as "Roman Road". The Suffolk HER does not!

Image; Google

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Cavendish

Lidar Image and Route Map 3

The approach to Long Melford is somewhat indirect apparently heading to join the road in from Ixworth.

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Long Melford

The pretty village of Long Melford. Our suggested line comes in from the right. It could have gone down the left road to join the road in from Ixworth or it could be the right one by the cottages. The Church is behind us in this view.

Image; Google

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long melford

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Last update: March 2020

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