Routes - Ermine Street

Ermine Street

Ermine Street is a very ancient road and trackway that runs from London to York. The Romans adopted and further established this route as a major thoroughfare during their occupation of Britain. Most of the route is now covered by modern roads but there are some sections around North London and Lincolnshire that can be walked along. The road was not called Ermine Street in Roman times but was later named by the Saxons after a tribe of people living near the route. Other spellings of the name include 'Earninga Straete', and 'Erming Street'.

One of the key archaeological remains along its route is the Newport Arch in Lincoln, the only remaining Roman archway in Great Britain, and is still used by traffic to this day.

Ermine Street Trackway, just south of Burleigh House, Stamford, © Travel About Britain

The raised banks and side ditches of the old Roman road (that later became Ermine Street) are still visible on this short section near Stamford in Lincolnshire. Within the Town of Stamford the old ford, once used as a crossing point for the road, can still be identified on the banks of the river, where an information plaque marks the spot. Large flat stone slabs are still visible below the water, which must have once formed the metalled surface of the road.

Towns and Villages located near Ermine Street

London, Cheshunt, Braughing, Royston, Godmanchester, Huntingdon, Sawtry, Stilton, Water-Newton, Stamford, Grantham, Ancaster, Lincoln, Winteringham, Hayton, York

Reference: Ordnance Survey - Roman Britain, 5th Edition
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