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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 Compton Wynyates in Warwickshire.
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 56a which goes from Eatington - Swalcliffe(Lower Lea)(Eatington - Swalcliffe(Lower Lea)).
Icon Key:

56a - Eatington to Swalcliffe(Lower Lea)
(Eatington to Swalcliffe(Lower Lea))

Ivan D Margary Roman Road 56a starting near Banbury in Oxfordshire ending near Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire ....

This route passes through the following locations.
Banbury  Oxfordshire
Compton Wynyates  Warwickshire
Shipston-on-Stour  Warwickshire
Stratford-upon-Avon  Warwickshire
Current translation for Banbury
  ban derived from ban - bone
  bury derived from burh/beorg/berie - fortified place, castle - usually associated with old Roman forts / can also be used to mean high place / berry
Found in Domesday 1086AD
Name found:Banesberie(Oxfordshire)
Place name translation provided by
Current translation for Compton Wynyates
  comp derived from comb - a valley
  ton derived from tun - a settlement on a hill
  wyn derived from win - wine
  yates derived from æte - oats
Found in Domesday 1086AD
Name found:Contone(Warwickshire)
Place name translation provided by
Current translation for Shipston On Stour
  ship derived from scæp - sheep
  ston derived from stan - stone - probably a roman road, milestone or builders stone
  on derived from on - near
  stour derived from stour - river stour
Found in Domesday 1086AD
Name found:Scepwestun(Worcestershire)
Place name translation provided by
Current translation for Stratford Upon Avon
  strat derived from via strata - originally from the latin via strata(high paved road) -Old English stret (Mercian, Kentish), stræt (West Saxon)
  ford derived from forda - shallow place where a river can be crossed
  upon derived from on - near
  avon derived from afon - the river avon
Found in Domesday 1086AD
Name found:Stradforde(Warwickshire)
Place name translation provided by
Locations Shown on map
Original Name Type CountyCurrent Name

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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