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Map Position
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 54.57702,-1.82437 in County Durham.
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 820 which goes from Bowes - Bishop Auckland(Bowes - Bishop Auckland).
Icon Key:
Roman City
Roman Watch Tower

820 - Bowes to Bishop Auckland
(Bowes to Bishop Auckland)

Ivan D Margary Roman Road 820 starting near Barnard Castle in County Durham ending near Bishop Auckland in County Durham ....

This route passes through the following locations.
Barnard Castle  County Durham
Darlington  County Durham
Bishop Auckland  County Durham
Current translation for Barnard Castle
  barnard derived from bernarde - Frech noble called bernarde
  castle derived from castellum - starting in castle were probably small Roman forts
Place name translation provided by
Current translation for Darlington
  darl derived from dæl - a dale
  ing derived from ænge - troubled village(appear to be fortlets or pallisaded villages)
  ton derived from tun - a settlement on a hill
Place name translation provided by
Current translation for Bishop Auckland
  bishop derived from bisceop - land owned by a bishop
  auck derived from aac - oak trees
  land derived from land - ground, earth or field
Place name translation provided by
Locations Shown on map
Original Name Type CountyCurrent Name
Roman Watch Tower
Cataractoni Roman Watch Tower North Yorkshire Modern name is Catterick
Roman City
Roper Castle or Round Table (Roman Signal Station) Roman City Cumbria 
Roman City
Round Table or Roper Castle (Roman Signal Station) Roman City Cumbria 
Roman Watch Tower
Vinovia Roman Watch Tower Durham Modern name is Binchester

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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