Ermine Street

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Ermine Street was the Roman precursor of the Great North Road, running from London via Lincoln and the crossing of the Humber estuary to York. It was probably laid out in the late 1st cent. The current name is from the Anglo-Saxon Earninga Stræt meaning ‘the street of the ?eagle's people’. The similarly named Ermin Street ran from Gloucester through Cirencester.

Alan Simon Esmonde Cleary