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This map is showing 'Roman Implied, Roman Actual named locations ' of type 'Roman City, Roman Town, Roman Villa, Roman Major Fort, Roman Watch Tower, Roman Port, Roman Bloomery' centered on Rendcomb in Gloucestershire.
Map Logic
This map shows Roman roads shown in black derived from Ivan D Margary 'Roman Roads in Britain' published in 1955. These maps are plotted as accurately as is possible from the books. There are problems with mapping 50 years later as there have been significant road and town changes which have hidden some of the original places mentioned in the texts.

The red roads are derived from Ivan D Margary 'Roman ways in the Weald' published in 1948.

Major Roman locations are shown as icons, please click the icon for the modern location and its Roman name.

This map shows the Roman Road course described by Ivan D Margary as 55 which goes from Cirencester - Hailes(White Way and Salt Way, Cirencester - Hailes)commonly known as 'White Way and Salt Way'.
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Roman Town
Roman Villa
Roman Watch Tower

55 - Cirencester to Hailes
(White Way and Salt Way, Cirencester to Hailes)
commonly known as 'White Way and Salt Way'

Ivan D Margary Roman Road 55 starting near Cirencester in Gloucestershire ending near Didbrook in Gloucestershire ....

This route passes through the following locations.
Cirencester  Gloucestershire
Cheltenham  Gloucestershire
Winchcombe  Gloucestershire
Didbrook  Gloucestershire
Current translation for Cirencester
  ciren derived from cicen - chicken
  cester derived from cæster - roman fortified town
Found in Domesday 1086AD
Name found:Cirecestre(Gloucestershire)
Place name translation provided by
Current translation for Cheltenham
  chelten derived from ciltern - the chiltern hills
  ham derived from hamm - Denotes a piece of land surrounded with paling, wicker-work, etc., and so defended against water, which would otherwise wash it away, so a valley settlement or settlement with a jetty.
Place name translation provided by
Current translation for Winchcombe
  winch derived from win - pasture
  combe derived from comb - A low place enclosed with hills, a valley
Found in Domesday 1086AD
Names found:Wicecombe(Gloucestershire)
Place name translation provided by
Current translation for Didbrook
  did derived from dydan - place of killing - abbatoir
  brook derived from broc - a brook or stream
Place name translation provided by
Locations Shown on map
Original Name Type CountyCurrent Name
Roman Town
Alchester Roman Town Oxfordshire 
Roman Watch Tower
Ariconium Roman Watch Tower Herefordshire 
Roman Town
Corinium Dobunnorum Roman Town Gloucestershire Modern name is Cirencester
Roman Town
Dorchester on Thames Roman Town Oxfordshire 
Roman Villa
Villa Roman Villa Oxfordshire 

External References in no particular order :-
Anglo Saxon Chronicles
Online Anglo Saxon dictionary
Online Etymology dictionary
Open Domesday Book - The first free online copy of the Domesday Book
The Ermine Street Guard Roman re-enactment and research Society
The "Kent A" cadastre - page 5 - Peterson 2002
Archaeologia Cantiana Online
Romney Marsh Research Trust
Romney Marsh the Fifth Continent
VillageNet the reference guide to villages in Kent & Sussex
Global warming Flood Maps
The Anglo Saxon Chronicles
Google Maps - the core of the system
GeoPlaner - Useful site for plotting map data
Julius Caesar's Gallic Wars 55BC(Books 4 & 5)
Wikipedia - Caesar's invasions of Britain
Wikipedia - Portus Istus
The Geography of Claudius Ptolemy (Bill Thayers)
Runetree Beowulf
Bayeux Tapestry Online
The Secrets of the Norman Invasion
Chronicles of John of Worcester
Battle Historic Society
Binsted village website(Mearcredesburnan Steðe)
The Spears of Andred
Find British Archaelogical Sites
Wealden Iron Research Group
Topographic Map of the UK


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