Icknield Way

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Icknield Way. A trackway which runs from the central Thames, through the Chilterns, and northwards to the Wash near Hunstanton. Though claims are made for a prehistoric origin, it is doubtful that such long-distance trackways existed, at least as a single entity, until the Iron Age at the earliest. At Baldock, the Icknield Way was certainly being formalized in the early 1st cent. ad by the digging of side ditches, but an earlier Iron Age date may be claimed from the dikes which cut across its line in the Chilterns.

John Collis

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Icknield Way an ancient pre-Roman track which crosses England in a wide curve from Wiltshire to Norfolk.