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Roman Road, Holtye
Holtye, East Sussex
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date  circa 100 AD
UK era  Roman  |  category  Road  |  reference  TQ462387
ICE reference number  HEW 740
At Holtye, a 100ft length of a roman road that was discovered by aerial survey in 1929 has been left uncovered for viewing. It is unusual as the surface of the road is made of iron furnace cinder. This has hardened over time as the iron has rusted.
The road runs north-south, branching off Watling Street near new Cross. It intersects the east-west road running along the foot of the South Downs and has been suggested as a route for moving the products of the Roman regional iron industry to the ports and London.
The width of the road varies from 13ft to 23ft and the camber varies from none at all to 8in high. It is estimated to be 12in thick at the centre and 3in at the edges. There are wheel marks in the surface.
To see the exposed section, take the footpath that heads south from the A264 at Holtye.
reference sources   CEH SouthRR

Roman Road, Holtye