Stane Street - Great Dunmow to Braughing

Margary Number: 32

Distance: 15.5 miles

This stretch of Stane Street is half in Essex and half in Herfordshire and connects Colchester to Ermine Street,.




Historic Counties: Essex & Herfordshire

Current Counties: Essex & Herfordshire

HER: Essex & Herfordshire



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Lid ar Image - Full Route

Some gaps in the Lidar at the Braughing end but these do no effect determining the route.

The Braughing site would connect Stane Street directly to Ermine Street.

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Lidar Image - Great Dunmow Roman Settlement

The Roman settlement area appears to have been mainly to the west of the road junction. It is likely that Stane Street predated the other later roads which then avoided the already settled area.

Settlement area is shaded in yellow and is taken from Wickenden although the road to London I have shown in a different location based on Lidar and old mapping..

Ref: Excavations at Great Dunmow, Essex: a Romano-British small town in the Trinovantian Civitas, N.P. Wickenden, EAA 41 (1988)


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Oblique 3D Image - Great Dunmow

The reason for the dog-leg at Great Dunmow is possibly because of the location of the Roman settlement that the road has to serve.

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Lidar Image and Route Map 1

The Roman line is now bypassed and the old road through Little Canfield and Takeley (B1256) overlies the Roman road.

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Lidar Image and Route Map 2

Takeley Street is a clue as we pass to the south of Stansted airport. The Roman line was not through the centre of Bishops Stortford but to its north. Stortford is probably name after the road however meaning Street Ford.

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Oblique 3D Lidar Image - Bishop's Stortford

The agger of the road has survived well approaching the River Stour crossing.

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Lidar Image and Route Map 3

Those annoying gaps in the lidar data are of no consequence as the road alignment is not in doubt here.

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Lidar Image and Route Map 4

The final approach to Braughing is south of the fort site. There is nothing unusual in this and similar arrangements do occur elsewhere. The actual road junction with Ermine Street and the Roman settlement is actually in Puckeridge rather than Braughing, where the fort is located.

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Last update: July 2020

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