The (Probable) Roman Road from Billingford to Kempstone

Margary Number: 38

Distance: 9.5 miles

The Norfolk HER includes this road as being part of the Fen Causeway although the connection is far from secure. Albone was very dismissive of a through connection.

This road really hangs on Salter's Lane at Bittering and whether it really is a Roman road - the Ordnance Survey mark it as such but they have been known to be wrong!

Billingford is a well established Roman site and Kempstone appears to have been a relatively minor site at the junction with the Toftrees to Pickenham Roman Road. A connection would ave been logical.




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Aerial Photos and Route Map

It would have been more reassuring if the direction of the road was on Billingford. However, it is believed that the early fort or camp there was south of the river so the alignment might make some sense.

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Oblique 3D Lidar Image - looking towards Kempstone

We are looking down the line of the Roman road towards Salter's Lane and Kempstone.

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Lidar Image and Route Map 1

Not a lot to go on west of Billingford. There is a modern track and road that would provide a direct connection - shown dotted - but this is really speculative.

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Lidar Image and Route Map 2

Begins to get a bit more certain now with traces of a possible route aiming for Salter's Lane at Bittering.

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Salter's Lane, Bittering

Yes it does look Roman which is probably the reason the Ordnance Survey show it as such.

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Lidar Image and Route Map 3

The final stage to the junction with the Toftrees to North Pickenham Roman road. Some intermittent clues but perhaps not enough to be absolutely certain this is Roman.

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Last update: July 2020

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