The Old Kingdom of Elmet; The Land Twixt Aire and Wharfe

The Old Kingdom of Elmet; The Land Twixt Aire and Wharfe

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...military road known as the Ermine or Ermyu Street, described in our chapter on Roman roads. This great 'street' came from the south by way of Lindum (Lincoln) to Danum (Doncaster) and so on to Lageolinm or Lagecinm (Castleford); from the latter it makes an angle and thence runs direct to Aberford. Near A branch of the Bayldous. of Baildon. E. Bogg. THE ALMSHOUSES.--" AN AFTERNOON CHAT." Headley Bar a branch road bears away to the right, crosses theWharfe at Calcaria (Tadcaster) and forward to York. The lapse of fifteen centuries and the cultivation of land has not yet removed the traces of this great military road. Between Doncaster and Castleford the ridge line is still traceable in many places, and if further proof is wanted it is to be found in the distinctive name of Roman Rigg given to certain lengths of it. De Foe, in his journeyings North, says: "We turned aside out of our way in order to see the great Roman causeway which runs across the moor from Doncaster to Castleford. The causeway in many places is entirely perfect, and in other places, where it is broken up, the courses appear to be of different materials, that is clay or earth, upon that is chalk, then gravel, upon the gravel is stone, and then gravel upon that. It is very easy to trace its course over moors and open grounds which have not been cultivated." The district around Doncaster, the key and gateway to the north (lying between the wild peak and forest region on one hand and the inhospitable wastes of swamp and fen on the other), is a focus of vast antiquity. De Foe's account, too, is circumstantial evidence that the dry Permian limestone tract so definitely fixed was, in his day (about 1695), unenclosed common. The ford over the river was defended by a...show more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236558391
  • 9781236558398