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The Nantwich Roman (Link) Road

Margary Number: 700aa

Distance: 1.25 miles

Nantwich was an important Roman salt production site and must therefore have had good road connections. In 2001/2 excavations prior to housing development at Kingsley Fields by Arrowsmith & Power (Roman Nantwich: A Salt-Making Settlement (Monograph), 2012. SCH7339) found salt production tanks and a Roman road. The latter was heading north-west towards the main Middlewich to Whitchurch Roman road.

For details of the excavation follow CCC HER link



Historic Counties: Cheshire

Current Counties: Cheshire

HER: Cheshire



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Kingsley Fields Excavation Site

The direction of the road found by Arrowsmith & Power made tracking down the Nantwich link road straight forward.

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Lidar Image & Route Map

The main Middlewich to Whitchurch Roman road lay only just over a mile from Nantwich so all that was required was a short link road. The Lidar evidence would indicate perhaps the road was not constructed to the highest military standards as it has not survived as well as the main road to Whitchurch. However, enough traces seem to have survived to indicate its course..

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Oblique 3D Lidar Image

This oblique lidar view shows the course of the Link road very well.

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Possible Route via Welshmen's Lane

By constructing a single link road then there would always be scope for a (later) short cut. There is some Lidar evidence that a route via Welshmen's Lane could have been just such a short cut for Middlewich traffic. There is lidar evidence alongside the lane in two lengths.

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Last update: August 2018

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