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“A thousand roads lead men forever to Rome”; Alain de Lille, 1175

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Whitton Edge, nr Jedburgh © Dick Warren 2014

Stones that Bridged the Tees © Dick Warren 2014

Legs Cross, Bolam, Co. Durham © Robbie 2014 2014

Dere Street, Binchester © John Thompson 2014 2014

The early medieval name for the Roman road leading to the kingdom of “Deira” from the north. Deira later became the southern half of the kingdom of Northumbria, and eventually much of the county of Yorkshire. These days, the name is often used to describe the whole 179 miles from the Legionary Fortress at York to the Roman fort at Cramond (near Edinburgh).

Dere Street

Most of us know a few things about Roman roads, usually a few “facts” we were taught at school.

How did you do? The methods the Romans really used to build their roads will be explained in our forthcoming Roman Roads pages. Work is also underway to compile an up to date gazetteer of Roman roads and sites in Britain, which will be linked in to a comprehensive online searchable database. This is a huge undertaking, carried out entirely by volunteers, and will take several years. In the mean time however, we are proud to host the Lancashire Roads pages compiled by David Ratledge, which is kept regularly updated with new research, and a Yorkshire Gazetteer is also well under way. All work is being done by our members and volunteers, so please bear with us while we get this website fully up and running, or better still, join us! Even if you don’t get actively involved, your subscription helps to support our work. You can find out more about RRRA here.

Here are a few photos of four of the best known Roman roads in Britain, as they look today. Use the arrow buttons to move the panel, and click the images to enlarge.