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NOTES ON LYDFORD-ON-FOSSE
The village of Lydford-on-Fosse straddles the ‘Fosse Way’, an ancient Roman road that once linked the cities of Exeter and Lincoln.
It also marked the western frontier of Roman rule in Britain for the first few decades after the invasion in A.D.43.
It is the only Roman road in the country that is still called by its original Latin name and is remarkable for its extremely direct route.
From Lincoln to Ilchester, Somerset, a distance of 182 miles (293km), it is never more than 6 miles from a straight line.
The word Fosse is derived from the Latin Fossa, meaning ditch.
Sources: Somerset the Complete Guide by Robin Bush and The Somerset Village Book by the Somerset Federation of Women’s Institutes.
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