A Roman road - The Portway - Stratford sub Castle

When conditions are right, the Roman Road beneath the football field appears as a visible pale line. It appeared in May 2020.

 

These photographs were taken in April 2019 when the Old Sarum Landscapes Project (University of Southampton) undertook a geophysical survey revealing buildings alongside the road and even rooms within those buildings. This road was lost till 1962. It is the Portway, a name that has been applied to the London to Exeter route and smaller segments therein e.g. Silchester to Sarum, Silchester to Dorchester.

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Photographs are by author who was part of the surveying team.

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With Permission of the Old Sarum Landscapes Project.   All Photos and annotations by the author.

 

The definitive account of Roman works in this area is James, David J. 2002.  Sorviodunum - A Review of the Archaeological Evidence, with a contribution by David J. Algar. The Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine Volume 95 p 1-26.

 

The same author has a shorter article on this website The Portway

Kerry O'Connor

February 2021

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