Monument record MYO4315 - Roman Road


Roman road visible as a cropmark on air photographs. A wide low bank, observed in the field along the east side of Howl Beck, may be a surviving length of this road.


Grid reference Centred SE 6311 6182 (549m by 1491m)
Map sheet SE66SW
Civil Parish Strensall, City of York, North Yorkshire
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

A Roman road was recorded during the RCHME: Bolesford Project. It is visible as a cropmark in two areas. The first between, SE 6335 6271 and SE 6361 6336, consists of two parallel ditches which are 700m long and run in SW-NE direction.
The second section, between SE 6375 6395 and SE 6374 6416, has two parallel ditches which run in a N-S direction with the western side possibly having a second ditch. Vertical photography shows a spread of paler soil which lies in the area between the two main ditches which could represent a agger. Between the two visible sections the road probably continues to one side of Shellik Sike Beck before crossing it at SE 6375 6378. The road then continues in a northerly direction and possibly crosses the Foss at SE 6373 6442. On the opposite side of the river immediately north of Lilling Low Lane, a hedgeline, more or less straight for 500m to one side of Howl Beck, forms a parish boundary and may fossilise the continuation of the road. Immediately to the east of Howl Beck is a very wide bank which rises in places almost 2m above the boggy ground. Whether this is part of the Roman road or some geomorphological feature cannot be ascertained without excavation. For a plan and a report which includes a list of photography used, see archive (Collection UID 918847). (1)
The Roman road was re-examined and plotted at 1,10 000 scale as part of the RCHME: Vale of York NMP project and found to be largely as described by authority (1).

York- Some additional traces of the road were discovered, in particular a small length of parallel ditches north of Strensall between SE 62896128 - SE 62846106. The locations of the two sections described by authority (1) are revised to SE 63196221 - SE 63606340 and SE 63716421 - SE 63736397. Between these last sections a lighter band of vegetation suggested the presence of a bank or agger but it may be more to do with a no longer extant section of the Shellik Sike Beck.

Curator note- line is very uncertain!

NMR Information:
No additional description provided.
1a Bolesford, North Riding of Yorkshire : a lost wapentake centre and its landscape 13-28 by Vivien G Swan, Bridgett E A Jones and Damian Grady
1 RCHME/EH/HE Aerial Photographers comment Damian Grady/11-SEP-1992/RCHME: Bolesford Project
2 Oblique aerial photograph reference number NMR SE 6364/9 (12126/11) 25-FEB-1991
3 Oblique aerial photograph reference number NMR SE 6363/7 (12097/24) 22-AUG-1990
4 Vertical aerial photograph reference number OS OS/67339 157 1-SEP-67
5 Vertical aerial photograph reference number RAF 106G/UK/1491 3129 10-MAY-46

Related event: part of the English Heritage 'Vale of York project'; undertaken by the aerial survey section in the York office. 1998-2000.

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Record last edited

Jul 9 2020 4:44PM


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