Monthly Archives: December 2014

Talk: The Roman Roads of North Yorkshire :The enigmatic Tees Crossing- 13/12/14

The Roman Roads of North Yorkshire :The enigmatic Tees Crossing

John Brown, an Independent Researcher and Field Archaeologist, will give the fourth of a series of talks on The Roman Roads of North Yorkshire at Thornton le Street Village Hall between Thirsk and Northallerton on Saturday 13th December 2014 at 2.00 pm. Admission will be £2 at the door. This programme is designed to both report on recent activity and to encourage future research within a professional framework.

John is Manager of the Mid-Tees Research Project which was founded with the purpose of locating and investigating Roman and early medieval archaeology in the Tees Valley.. The present focus is a multi-period site covering an area of approximately 1 square km at Sockburn on the River Tees, which is the postulated Tees crossing of Cades Road (Marjary 80a), and has been known as a crossing point of the Tees from early times.

Cade’s Road is named after John Cade of Durham, an 18th-century antiquarian who in 1785 proposed its existence and possible course from the Humber Estuary northwards to the River Tyne, a distance of about 100 miles (160 km). Although evidence exists for such a road on some parts of the proposed route, particularly through North Yorkshire, there is still some doubt regarding its exact course and where it crossed the Tees. The road’s Roman name is unknown, although Cade referred to it as a continuation of Rycknild Street..

The road began at Brough-on-Humber where there was a ferry, a Roman fort and civilian settlement (Petuaria) alongside a major Celtic settlement. It is suggested that it ran northwards through Thorpe le Street and Market Weighton, before gradually turning westwards (possibly following the line of another Roman road) until it reached York (Eboracum). From York it continued northwards to Thornton-le-Street and on to cross the River Tees. It is then assumed to pass through Sadberge and east of Durham City on its way to the Tyne.

An alternative crossing has been suggested between Middleton St George and Middleton One Row, where it is suggested that ‘Pounteys Lane’ is named after a Roman bridge (Bridge of Tees). Indeed bridge remains, and Roman artefacts, have been found there in recent times. This accords with the generally accepted course of the road through North Yorkshire which requires a crossing at this point. John will illustrate his work at Sockburn and his claim that the current evidence shows this crossing to be the more likely.

Further details can be obtained from John Sheehan: Telephone 01609 771878 or email


Volunteer Project to Record Condition of War Memorials

Volunteer Project to Record Condition of War Memorials

A new project that has just got under way to mobilise a network of volunteers across England to carry out condition surveys of their local war memorials.  The War Memorial Project is part of a wider First World War project funded by DCMS and is a partnership between English Heritage, the Imperial War Museum, the War Memorials Trust and Civic Voice.

My strand of the project is to work closely with the War Memorials Trust to encourage volunteers from civic societies, local history and archaeology groups, parish councils and anyone else who is interested to get involved, in carrying out condition surveys with a view, if necessary, to then apply for grants for conservation work. Volunteers will also receive training and be encouraged to apply to have their memorials listed, carry out more research and perhaps apply for HLF grants for public engagement projects.

A workshop has been organised in Gateshead (March 4th).  Anyone who would like to attend one of these workshops or others being organised for later in 2015 should register their interest in the project by visiting:

Anna Wilson
Senior Development Officer (War Memorials) Civic Voice