Monument record M17737 - Roman Road, RR28, Lincoln-Doncaster


ROAD (Roman)


Grid reference SK 82400 82600 (point)
Map sheet SK88SW
District Bassetlaw
Civil Parish North Wheatley, Bassetlaw
Civil Parish Scaftworth, Bassetlaw
Civil Parish South Wheatley, Bassetlaw
Civil Parish Sturton le Steeple, Bassetlaw
Civil Parish Wiseton, Bassetlaw
Civil Parish Clayworth, Bassetlaw
Civil Parish Everton, Bassetlaw


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Full Description

The Roman road from (Segelocum) goes by Gringley on the Hill, and passes the River Idle, east of Bawtry, so by Austerly, and Rossington Bridge, it goes to Doncaster. (1)
(From Littleborough/Segelocum) the present road again follows the alignment (of the Roman road) until close to the next village, Sturton le Steeple, the road is raised c 2ft and about 40ft wide between the ditches. It is lost for 1/2 mile through the village, but then the road follows the line again for another mile to South Wheatley, and by a side turning onward through North Wheatley for another 3/4 mile to high ground on Haughgate Hill. Here a slight bend to the north enables the road to keep on higher ground towards Clayworth, where it comes close to the Chesterfield canal which has probably obliterated the original line. Then the road continues very straight through Clayworth village and past Wiseton Hall, through whose frontage it probably passes and may indeed be visible as a wide ridge in the roadside copse. This is practically a continuation of the original alignment, pointing very slightly more to the north, and extends to Drakeholes cross-roads just beyond Wiseton Hall. Here a turn more to the west is made, so as to pass between the Barrow Hills and the Idle valley. It is now a wide main road, but shows signs of having had the same wide verges noted previously (route across Idle not known). (3)
Assessment [at Scaftworth] provided firm evidence of two roads of Roman date following slightly different routes across the Idle floodplain. The earlier road consisted of three parallel rails (of Alnus) forming the base of a road nearly 6m wide, with a raft of Alnus and Salix/Populus beams laid [at right angles] across the rails. The turf layer formed the surface of the road, a slightly concave layer. The later road (radiocarbon dated on a Quercus pile) was as described in [L9477]. At some time in the late or post Roman period, the gravel body of the road was reworked by fluvial activity and redistributed over a width of nearly 19m. (4)
(near Wiseton Hall) a small plot of ground … contains ridges and depressions. These features have been noted in the past as possibly denoting the actual path of the Roman road (3). This seems to be confirmed by the observations from this watching brief. (6)
Grid ref is for E end.
See M 5050 for Ro fort at Scaftworth.

Data Held (Document). SNT2647.

(3), SMR library

<1> Lukis WC ed, 1885, The Family Memoirs of the Rev William Stukeley, p 150 (Published document). SNT4547.

<2> VCH, 1910, Notts, pp 9-10 (Published document). SNT1384.

<3> Margary ID, 1967, Roman Roads in Britain, pp 410-411 (Published document). SNT1606.

<4> Van de Noort R and Ellis S eds, 1997, Wetland Heritage of the Humberhead Levels, pp 426-427 (Published document). SNT2067.

<5> Dearne MJ, 1998?, Trans Hunter Arch Society, pp 12 - 31 (Published document). SNT1599.

<6> LAS, May 2002, Misson Water Main Replacement Scheme. Archaeological Monitoring SE of Dairy Cottage, Wiseton, Notts., p 1 (Unpublished document). SNT2525.

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  • --- Document: Data Held.
  • <1> Published document: Lukis WC ed. 1885. The Family Memoirs of the Rev William Stukeley. 3. Surtees Society. p 150.
  • <2> Published document: VCH. 1910. Notts. 2. pp 9-10.
  • <3> Published document: Margary ID. 1967. Roman Roads in Britain. pp 410-411.
  • <4> Published document: Van de Noort R and Ellis S eds. 1997. Wetland Heritage of the Humberhead Levels. Hull University. pp 426-427.
  • <5> Published document: Dearne MJ. 1998?. Trans Hunter Arch Society. The Roman ?Fortlet and Timber Causewayed Road. 19. pp 12 - 31.
  • <6> Unpublished document: LAS. May 2002. Misson Water Main Replacement Scheme. Archaeological Monitoring SE of Dairy Cottage, Wiseton, Notts.. p 1.

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Jul 17 2024 4:20PM

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