NGRef: SP7360
OSMap: LR152
Type: Major Settlement
Possible road: SE (47) to Baldock
WNW (9) to Bannaventa
Possible road: ENE (12) to Irchester
ESE (14) to Tvrvey
Possible road: SSW (8) to Lactodvrvm (Towcester, Northamptonshire)

The postulated Irchester to Lactodurum (Towcester) road may have proceeded by a more direct route and crossed the main Bannaventa (Whilton Lodge) to Camulodunum (Colchester) road some three miles to the south-east.

It is possible that the communication with Irchester in the north-east was maintained primarily along the River Nene. It would have been much more cost-effective for the Romans to have maintained and improved the river navigation which was no-doubt already used for commerce when they arrived in this area, than to upgrade an already existant trackway or lay-out and construct a new road route.

A number of Roman potteries and isolated pottery kilns have been found ranged along the north-western side of the Nene Valley from Irchester to Duston, and it is possible that there was a trackway which connected them. There is a nearby pottery at Hardingstone (SP7657) and pottery kilns at Rushmere Road (SP7760) and Cherry Orchard (SP7862). For further discussion see the entry for Irchester.

There is a villa about four miles away along the Bannaventa road at Harpole (SP6962). Numerous substantial Roman buildings have also been found in the area at; Nether Heyford (SP6658), Harpole (SP6859), Harleston (SP6863), Gayton (SP7153), Wootton (SP7358), Stoke Bruerne (SP7550), Buttocks Booth (SP7864) and Piddington (SP7954).

See: Historical Map and Guide - Roman Britain by the Ordnance Survey (3rd, 4th & 5th eds., 1956, 1994 & 2001).
Page Citation: Kevan White (2018) "Roman Britain: DUSTON"