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Watling Street and Euxton Burgh.

The "ancient road through Euxton Burgh" is the A49, yesterday it was called "Watling Street".

There is no sign of this road on the ground surface in Euxton Burgh today, but its existence under current road works, woodland and agricultural land, is without doubt. The route of Roman roads was always straight, as is the A49, the old Watling Street road.


The immediate Watling Street surrounds are from the route, Wigan to the Walton.  Its remains have been found at a number of locations along this route, but I have found no record as yet of the original road having been recorded within the Euxton Burgh. Its route south to the north of Euxton Burgh appears to be through Welsh Whithill, via Euxton Burgh, to Rose Whithill, and Bamber Green, then to Walton.

Walton is most likely the site of a camp at the passage of the river Ribble, but given the reliable water supply of the river Yarrow, it may well be that a camp, of some sort, would have been in this area. The remains of a Roman camps are frequently found at major river crossings. The size of a major camp would be from about 70 yards by 70 yards up to 140 yards by 140 yards.

Existing examples of the Watling Street road in Lancashire have been found recorded as being:

2 feet below the surface, and of a hard concrete 2 feet thick.
18 inches thick of gravel, as hard as concrete, & 15 feet wide.

Composed of gravel paved with boulders.
A foundation of a thick bed of gorse, brushwood, & ling, set upon a layer of boulders, of a total  thickness of 3 to 4 feet.

14 yards wide, and 1 yds deep of heavy gravel & boulders.

Also, it has been found that the road would have been raised with gravel to such heights as can easily to be identified as Roman road work. The ridge of the road has been frequently seen over long distances due to being raised considerably above the adjoining ground. Drains essential in the Roman road works, have been frequently observed on each side of the road formation.

The Roman road materials used, were local as far as possible. The Roman road engineer would have dug local gravel pits and where necessary, would have established quarries for the winning of stone and slate.  It has been evidenced that much of the "visible" Roman road building material may have been carried away in more recent times, for other building projects.

Today there, is but one part of Euxton were significant evidence of the old road is most likely to be seen, this location is now on private land.
Today there, is but one part of Euxton were significant evidence of the old road is most likely to be seen,
this location is now on private land.

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There is no sign of this road on the ground surface in Euxton Burgh today, but its existence under current road works, woodland and agricultural land, is without doubt.

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