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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 Shepton Mallet in Somerset.
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 5b which goes from Ilchester - Bath(Foss Way , Ilchester - Bath)commonly known as 'Foss Way'.
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Roman Town

5b - Ilchester to Bath
(Foss Way , Ilchester to Bath)
commonly known as 'Foss Way'

Ivan D Margary Roman Road 5b starting near Ilchester in Somerset ending near Avon in Bath and North East Somerset ....

This route passes through the following locations.
Ilchester  Somerset
Somerton  Somerset
Shepton Mallet  Somerset
Radstock  Somerset
Peasedown Saint John  Bath and North East Somerset
Bath  Bath and North East Somerset
Avon  Bath and North East Somerset
Current translation for Ilchester
  il derived from ildu - old
  chester derived from ceaster - roman fortified town
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Current translation for Somerton
  somer derived from sumer - summer or harvest
  ton derived from dun - a mountain or hill
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Current translation for Shepton Mallet
  shep derived from scæp - sheep
  ton derived from dun - a mountain or hill
  mallet derived from mælmete - food
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Current translation for Radstock
  rad derived from rad - a harness
  stock derived from stoc - a place, probably a farm or stockade
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Current translation for Peasedown Saint John
P we cannot translate at the moment
  ease derived from ease - wild carrot
  down derived from dun/dune - a hill, mountain
  saint derived from sanctus - saint
John we cannot translate at the moment
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Current translation for Bath
  bath derived from bæþ - bath - usually associated with natural warm springs
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Current translation for Avon
  avon derived from afon - the river avon
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Locations Shown on map
Original Name Current Name
Roman Town
Aquae Sulis Roman Town Modern name is Bath
Roman Town
Lendiniae Roman Town Modern name is Ilchester
Roman Town
Verlucio Roman Town Modern name is Sandy Lane

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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