- Watling Street
a road in England, originally built by the Romans and still in use today under various different names. It runs from Dover, on the south-east coast of England, through London and St Albans to Wroxeter, a small town in Shropshire. Its name comes from the Anglo-Saxon name for St Albans.
* * *Ancient Roman road in Britain.Extending from London to Wroxeter, it was one of the great arterial roads of Roman Britain. In the 9th century it divided Mercia. Later the name was applied to other main roads, including the London-Dover road that ran through Canterbury.
* * *▪ Roman road, United KingdomRoman (ancient Rome) road in England that ran from Dover west-northwest to London and thence northwest via St. Albans (Saint Albans) (Verulamium) to Wroxeter (Ouirokónion, or Viroconium). It was one of Britain's greatest arterial roads of the Roman and post-Roman periods. The name came from a group of Anglo-Saxon settlers who called Verulamium by the name of Wætlingaceaster. This local name passed to the whole of the Roman road (Wæclinga stræt) by the 9th century. The tendency to give the name to other main roads is postmedieval and is often mere antiquarianism.
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