Giving our thanks to the Romans

In schools across the country primary and secondary school children are learning about the key points in our country’s history and those time periods and people that have influenced the way we live our lives and the technology and infrastructure that we enjoy each day. One such time period is that of the Romans.

We have a lot to thank the Romans for but some of the most important include some beautiful art work in the mosaics that they displayed on the floors and walls of their incredible houses, the early methods of heating houses using the hot air from the furnace funnelled through a series of underground columns and of course our road structure. It is this road infrastructure that has allowed us to open up the country for everyone and has increased our trading possibilities. Without it we would not be as mobile as we now are, and we would be waiting long periods of time before receiving items from further afield rather than being able to utilise the services of Same day courier Slough companies like which make deliveries so much easier nowadays.

So, exactly what did the Romans do to start off our road networks?

In Britain alone, the Romans crafted and constructed over 3000 kilometres of roads across the country. Many of these routes are still used by travellers and motorists today as new modern-day roads have been placed over the old Roman trackways. Four of these key routes that can still be seen today include – The Fosse Way which connects Exeter to Lincoln, Ermine Street which connects London to York, Peddars Way which connects Hunstanton to Thetford and finally Watling Street which connects Dover to Wroexeter. Along these key routes major Roman towns were developed.

The Romans had three different types of roads that they constructed:

  1. Via terrena – these were basically simple tracks that were made of earth that was compacted and continued to be compacted more over time.

  2. Via glareata – these were traced that were levelled off and given a gravel style surface.

  3. Via munita – these were the best kinds of roads and were made of paved stones, usually made from whatever local stone could be found. These roads were very similar to the ones that we construct today with a slope, which is known as a camber, added to the road to enable the water to flow away from the middle of the road and small walkways or pavements as we now call them along the side of the rod.


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