Our Roman Road

The Society is now well and truly out of 18 months hibernation following the very successful AGM in the large Parish Hall. I hope that I am not being too presumptious here and that there is not a repeat of 2020. The attendance was better than expected with lots of new faces. Tim outlined this season’s programme which will concentrate on village related topics for the benefit of the new residents. Pat Robinson described how she had picked up the oral history baton from Sonya Teale outlining the preparatory work that she had carried out including a very interesting preliminary interview. The first full-blown interview is expected very soon.

After the AGM, Mark Seaman, who is an accomplished and experienced speaker, gave an excellent, informative and entertaining talk on Roman roads. The first part was a general introduction to Roman roads where he corrected our accepted understanding of how Roman roads were constructed. He went on to describe the how the “lost” routes of other local roads were rediscovered using aerial photographs and LiDAR. Of most local interest was the research work that he had carried out to ascertain the route of “our” Roman road from Havant to Rowlands. He even pointed out some circumstantial evidence arising from his research which suggested that the motte and bailey in Deerleap may well have been built on the site of a Roman fort. There were many keen questions afterwards and also a lot of of positive feedback from the members later – well done Mark and thank you!

Later there was ample opportunity to catch up with friends afterwards over a glass of wine or two and food provided by the committee.

All in all it was a successful start to the season which we hope will not be interrupted again.