Anglo Saxon History
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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 Donington in Lincolnshire.

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 58b which goes from Grantham - Donnington(Grantham - Donnington).

Icon Key:
Roman City
Roman Major Fort

58b - Grantham to Donnington
(Grantham to Donnington)

Ivan D Margary Roman Road 58b starting near Grantham in Lincolnshire ending near Donington in Lincolnshire ....

This route passes through the following locations.
Grantham  Lincolnshire
Sleaford  Lincolnshire
Donington  Lincolnshire
Current translation for Grantham
Granth we cannot translate at the moment
  am derived from ham - shortened form of ham - home - A village or location originally found in valleys with sea access hence Home for the Saxons - in later years this derivation changed to mean near water.
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Current translation for Sleaford
  s derived from s - of as in 's or multiple
  lea derived from leah - A lea, meadow, open space, untilled land
  ford derived from forda - shallow place where a river can be crossed
Place name translation provided by
Current translation for Donington
  don derived from daen/den-bera - a valley / woodland swine pasture
  ing derived from hring - a circled village (defensive)
  ton derived from tƿrn - a high place. Usually a village or a location originally settled on hills.
Place name translation provided by
Locations Shown on map
Original Name Current Name
Roman Major Fort
Branodunum Roman Major Fort Modern name is Brancaster
Roman City
Grimsthorpe Park Roman City 

External References in no particular order :-
Original Manuscripts of the 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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Author: Simon M - Last Updated: 08/04/2019 14:01
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