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The Yorkshire Roman Roads Project

Link to http://www.romanroads.org/yorkshireproject.html

In the Historic county of Yorkshire, there are an estimated 1060 miles of Roman road, possibly more, of which about 480 are known with reasonable certainty (45%), making the picture in Yorkshire fairly typical.

Given that Yorkshire has a wide variety of topography that is fairly representative of all the kinds of terrain through which Roman roads were built in Britain and therefore representative of the variations in planning and construction, it makes an ideal starting point for a study of Britain’s Roman roads.


Roman Road Excavation

Town Hall, Ripley, Tuesday 7th April and Thursday 9th April, both at 8pm.

Mike Haken, Chairman of the Roman Roads Research Association, will talk about the excavations that took place last year in Hollybank Wood, Ripley, on part of the Roman road from Ilkley to Aldborough.

The work proved, finally, that the Roman road continued across the valley on precisely the same line as that of Hampsthwaite High Street and probably crossed the R. Nidd some 300m downstream from the current bridge, somewhere near Bridge End Farm.

The work also established that the local belief that Hollybank Lane had been on the course of the Roman road is almost certainly incorrect.

Mike will talk specifically about the features identified during the excavation, including an intriguing Roman cutting, a layby and even a genuine Roman pothole! He will also discuss the impact of this small excavation on our understanding of the Roman period in the area, and summarise the extent of our knowledge about the rest of the road from Hollybank Wood to Aldborough and highlight areas for further research.

The talks are being held upstairs to utilise the excellent AV facilities; places are limited and reservation is recommended, either on our website (www.romanroads.org) or by email to bookings@romanroads.org. Admission is £3 on the door.

(Click on images to enlarge)

Trench 1 - it isn't obvious but the far end of the trench is actually the layby - click for full size image
Trench 1 - it isn't obvious but the far end of the trench is actually the layby
Trench 3 - looking SE during excavation - click for full size image
Trench 3 - looking SE during excavation
Trench 3 - the pothole - the repair has survived and the surface around it has long gone! - click for full size image
Trench 3 - the pothole - the repair has survived and the surface around it has long gone!
Link to https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZA0NFEx4cMLdwbt2pQDJyp7tpRkr8RFl
Hollybank Wood Roman Road Excavation

On Sunday 30th March 2014 tours of a Roman road excavation in Hollybank Wood were given by local archaeologists. The site in Hollybank Wood (owned by Sir Thomas Ingilby) is about a mile by foot from Ripley, North Yorkshire. The road once ran between Alborough and Ilkley.

Click HERE, on the image or the heading to view YouTube videos taken at the time




Link to http://roadsofromanbritain.org/gazetteer/yorkshire/rr720b.html

Gazetteer by the Roman Roads Research Association

Covering all of Britain’s Roman roads, the Gazetteer, when completed, will be the first survey of Britain’s Roman roads since Ivan Margary’s final edition of Roman Roads in Britain in 1973. We aim to provide an up to date evaluation of each Roman road and, since new discoveries are being made all the time this online resource gives us the flexibility to make amendments and additions.
The Yorkshire Roman Roads Project

In the Historic county of Yorkshire, there are an estimated 1060 miles of Roman road, possibly more, of which about 480 are known with reasonable certainty (45%), making the picture in Yorkshire fairly typical.

Given that Yorkshire has a wide variety of topography that is fairly representative of all the kinds of terrain through which Roman roads were built in Britain and therefore representative of the variations in planning and construction, it makes an ideal starting point for a study of Britain’s Roman roads.

Link to http://www.romanroads.org/yorkshireproject.html