The Secret History of the
Roman Roads of Britain

Further reading


It is a sad statement on the state of British publishing that most of these fine books are out of print. All hope is not lost, though, as some inevitably turn up in secondhand bookshops (many of which can be searched via Abebooks). A copy of Margary’s final edition from 1973 can sell for more than £100, but if that is beyond your means, then there is a project to place all of that edition on the web, fully mapped and cross-referenced (I have seen a draft and it looks superb).

Codrington, T (1918), Roman Roads in Britain, ed 3, London

Margary, I D (1955), Roman Roads in Britain, vol 1, London

Margary, I D (1957), Roman Roads in Britain, vol 2, London

Margary, I D (1967), Roman Roads in Britain, rev ed, London

Margary, I D (1973), Roman Roads in Britain, ed 3, London [Abebooks]


Bagshawe, R W (1979), Roman Roads, Princes Risborough [Abebooks]

Davies, H (2002), Roads in Roman Britain, Stroud [Amazon]

Davies, H (2006), From Trackways to Motorways. 5000 Years of Highway History, Stroud [Amazon]

Davies, H (2009), Roman Roads in Britain, Oxford [Amazon]

Johnston, D E (1979), An Illustrated History of Roman Roads in Britain, Bourne End [Abebooks]

Poulter, J (2010), The Planning of Roman Roads and Walls in Northern Britain, Stroud [Amazon]


Ordnance Survey (1978) Roman Britain ed.4 [Abebooks]

Tabula Imperii Romani 1983; 1987


Cantrell, J and Rylance, A (1992), Sarn Helen: Walking a Roman Road Through Wales, Milnthorpe [Abebooks]

Dutton, R J A (1999), Hidden Highways of Cheshire: Ten Circular Walks Exploring Roman Roads, Salter's Ways, Lost Lanes, Medieval By Roads and a Complete Roman Road, Chester

Graystone, P (2002), Walking Roman Roads in Lonsdale and the Eden Valley, Lancaster

Livingstone, H (1995), In the Footsteps of Caesar: Walking Roman Roads, Shepperton

Mothersole, J (1927), Agricola’s Road Into Scotland: The Great Roman Road from York to the Tweed, London

Peel, J H B (1971), Along the Roman Roads of Britain, London [Abebooks]

Vernon, T (1983), Fat Man On a Roman road: a Bicycle Exploration of Britain and the British from the Bottom Left-Hand Corner to the Top Right-Hand Corner of the Roman Roads: Topsham to Musselburgh, London

Specific roads

Belloc, H (1913), The Stane Street: A Monograph, London

Copeland, T (2009), Akeman Street, Stroud [Amazon]

Rowland, T H (1974), Dere Street: Roman Road North from York to Scotland, Newcastle upon Tyne

Vincent, A (2005), Roman Roads of Hampshire, Midhurst

Vincent, A (2007), Roman Roads of Kent, Midhurst

Vincent, A (2011), Roman Roads of Surrey, Midhurst

Vincent, A (2000), Roman Roads of Sussex, Midhurst

Waters, P E (1999), Roman Roads in N. W. Kent, Bromley

Winbolt, S E (1936), With A Spade On Stane Street, London

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