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British Roads and Roman Roads

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The Romans naturally placed their military stations on or near their main lines of communication, which were in many instances adaptations of existing British roads. The Romans added to them their own peculiar stamp of directness - the straightness of its line being the main characteristic of a Roman road. The county of Leicester, from its central position, is peculiarly rich in these ancient routes, the present names for which were, mostly, not bestowed upon them until the time of the Saxons, or even later.

Of these, the old British road utilized by the Romans afterwards called the Watling Street, is perhaps best known. It started from near Sandwich in Kent, and proceeded as far as Uriconium or Wroxeter, near Shrewsbury.

Passing the south-west borders of our county, it still forms part of the boundary line between Leicestershire and Warwickshire, and is believed to have received its name from the wattles or laths of wood largely used in its construction.

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