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

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Ermine Street, Saxon name for the Roman road in Britain that ran from London to Lincoln and York. It was one of the four main highways of Saxon England. The name is derived from the Earningas, a group of people who inhabited an area in Cambridgeshire through which the road passed. The road from Silchester to Gloucester was also called Ermine Street.

See I. D. Margary, Roman Roads in Britain (3d ed. 1973).