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The map above is interactive - simply click on any road to bring up a detailed and illustrated summary. Hovering over military sites and settlements (the red and yellow icons) will also bring up their labels. Alternatively, scroll down this page for a list of all the known and probable Roman roads in Yorkshire - each road name is clickable and will bring up it’s gazetteer entry. With a county of such a size, it is no surprise that there are 51 entries , although we have also included RR2d and RR28aa in Lincolnshire, roads whose sole function was to access the territories of the Parisi and the Brigantes, the two late Iron Age tribal territories that make up modern Yorkshire.
The numbering system used is that originally developed by Ivan Margary in the mid 20th century, which provides a consistent form of identification. To accommodate roads identified after Margary’s death in 1976, we have continued to use his system but have added an (x) suffix. Numbers bearing the prefix RRX were awarded by the Ordnance Survey’s Archaeological Division who (for reasons best known to themselves) did not follow Margary’s logical numbering system: wherever such roads have been proven to be of Roman origin they have now been awarded numbers using Margary’s original system with the (x) suffix.
To give some historical background to this work, there is an overview of the work of the many antiquaries and researchers who have made contributions to our understanding of the Roman road network in Yorkshire over the last five decades, and this can be accessed via the “Previous Research in Yorkshire” button above.
All entries are the work of Mike Haken, although many thanks are due to Jayne Knight for editing the draft text, a not inconsiderable task. I must also thank some of the many individuals who have contributed, assisted and advised over the many years it has taken to compile these entries, in particular the late Hugh Toller, David Ratledge, Bryn Gethin, Pete Wilson, John Poulter, Olly Cooper, and the staff at Yorkshire’s many HERs.
Possible Roman Road from Bainbridge to Healam Bridge