The Roman Road from Cambridge to Arrington Bridge, Wimpole

Margary Number: 23a

Distance: 10 miles

Shares the name Akeman Street with the road to Ely. It is now understood that Arrington Bridge was a Roman roadside settlement on Ermine Street but the road was probably there first and the settlement would have grown around what would become an important road hub with 5 routes joining.




Historic Counties: Cambridgeshire

Current Counties:Cambridgeshire

HER: Cambridgeshire



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Lidar Image - Full Route

Very sensible and direct route to connect Cambridge to Ermine Street for southern destinations or westwards to Sandy or Stotford.

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Oblique 3D Lidar Image

The alignment couldn't really be much simpler with just a little dog-leg to negotiate the ridge of higher ground

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Lidar Image and Route Map 1

Leaving Cambridge the Roman line is much more direct than the modern A603, which takes a huge detour.

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Lidar Image and Route Map 2

The Roman line and the A603 merge at Lord's Bridge Farm and from there on there is little Roman evidence to see.

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Descent from Orwell Hill, Hillside

Very typically Roman - wide and straight.

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Lidar Image and Route Map 3

The A603 now leaves the original Roman alignment just before it reaches Ermine Street. The old road is now a cul-de-sac.

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Cambridge (Old) Road, Wimpole

Now nice and quiet with the A603 diverted off line.

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Arrington Bridge

Arrington Bridge was an important road junction with roads from Cambridge, Sandy and Stotford all met Ermine Street and shared a common bridge over the River Cam.

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Last update: Jan 2024

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