The Roman Road from Cambridge to Godmanchester

Margary Number: 24

Distance: 14 miles

The so-called Via Devana although the name is a fanciful 18th century creation and a direct route to Chester (Deva) is stretching credibility somewhat. Today Roman evidence has just about been wiped out by multiple upgrades to the A14 trunk road. Ostensibly two main alignments with its main change of direction at Fenstanton although there was a slight deviation at Bar Hill..

Roman Roads, 22, 2b (Ermine Street) and 24 (Via Devana) were all heading for the crossing point of the Great Ouse River.





Historic Counties: Cambridgeshire& Huntingdonshire

Current Counties:Cambridgeshire

HER: Cambridgeshire



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Lidar Image - Full Route

The route clearly targeting joining Ermine Street at Godmanchester for northward connections. This would probably have been the lowest bridging point of the Great Ouse River.

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Oblique 3D Lidar Image

That fractional change of direction at Bar Hill is evident in this oblique view. The course was perhaps selected by the Roman surveyor to skirt around the high ground.

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3D route

Leaving Cambridge - Former A14 now A1307

Not usually this quiet! Along this stretch is Ridgeway Village - a name obviously derived from the road.

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Lidar Image and Route Map 1

First alignment from Cambridge was on Bar Hill.

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Lidar Image and Route Map 2

Typical Roman alignment between Bar Hill and Fenstanton.

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Old Road Huntingdon

This short cul-de-sac is the remains of the old road to Godmanchester, now bypassed.

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Lidar Image and Route Map 3

The alignment was adjusted at Fenstanton and aimed not for the Roman town at Godmanchester but clearly the bridge site for the crossing of the Great Ouse..

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Last update: Jan 2024

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