Watling Street


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Watling Street

(wŏt`lĭng), important ancient road in England, built by the Romans in the course of their military occupation. It ran from London generally north to the intersection with the Fosse Way, c.13 mi (21 km) SW of Leicester, and thence in a westerly direction to Wroxeter in Salop, SE of Shrewsbury, a distance of more than 100 mi (161 km). The principal town through which it passed was Saint AlbansSaint Albans
, city and district (1991 pop. 76,709), Hertfordshire, E central England. The market city of Saint Albans has printing, engineering, and clothing industries. Many of its residents work in London.
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 (ancient Verulamium). Its later importance arose from its use as a thoroughfare throughout the Middle Ages and into modern times. In places the ancient Roman road is still in daily use, and in others it has been used as a base for modern thoroughfares. Some other Roman roads in England are also called Watling Street, notably the extension which led from London to Dover.
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They had scarcely watched the great road known as Watling Street which runs from Dover in Kent to Chester town--for many minutes, when they espied a knight riding by in a very forlorn and careless manner.
He told all from the very first: how Robin Hood had slain the forester, and how he had hidden in the greenwood to escape the law; how that he lived therein, all against the law, God wot, slaying His Majesty's deer and levying toll on fat abbot, knight, and esquire, so that none dare travel even on broad Watling Street or the Fosse Way for fear
The lorry overturned on Watling Street at about 10.30am yesterday.
The lorry overturned on Watling Street in Weston-under-Lizard Firefighters had to cut a man free after his lorry overturned.
| OE Metcalfe: Butcher Elystan Metcalfe has been at Watling Street, Llanrwst, for over 30 years, selling meats sourced from the Conwy Valley and Vale of Clwyd.
Two men were critically injured after the VW Scirocco overturned and crashed into the store in Watling Street in the early hours of yesterday.
The fiscal told Dumfries Sheriff Court that Brotherston had been giving private tuition at his then home at Watling Street, Dumfries, and when arrested had been teaching at Austin Friars School in Carlisle.
The revised application was put forward by housebuilders and regeneration specialists, Galliford Try Partnerships, at the former Cheshire County Council offices on Watling Street, Northwich, built in the 1960s and '70s.
Isaac Wright, aged 90 from Atherstone, sadly lost his life on Watling Street, near to the crossroads of Watling Street, Two Gates and Dosthill Road.
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