Roman Road Winchester to Chichester

Triple Terraces to Lomer & Beacon Hill

The route left Survey Map 7 as triple terraces in its SE corner, and enters Survey Map 8 below at its NW corner. It has now changed to the two 25' lanes arranged around a natural escarpment, and the 40' lane below them in the fields.

Some terraces can be seen in binoculars along the irregular field boundary carrying a Parish Boundary. The arrangement becomes clear where the escarpment becomes overgrown, and is shown in the Sketch Section. The modern track runs below the 25' middle terrace and is shown hatched with a T. The field has been levelled, and binoculars show the natural hill slope starts some 40' from the track. In Survey Map 8 only the Cut-back to the upper 25' terrace is shown - which may sometimes be the upper edge of an Agger Terrace - for other details refer to the Sketch Sections.

The terraces start to swing towards E - W in response to a valley running up to Lomer. Here the farm buildings have cut into this line, and nothing else is visible till the abandoned village of Lomer, where many house platforms can be seen in the field with the site of the Church. The Sketch Section illustrates the possible Agger built on the middle terrace. The parish boundary continues on it.

SE of Lomer Cottages the two 25' terraces may become one, with Lomer Pond dug into them Then we meet the tarred modern lane coming from the north, which turns at right angles to run along the line for 300yds, before turning away to the SW. A footpath continues the line across fields along the summit of the hill to meet another modern tarred lane - the White Way at the SE corner of Survey Map 8. A complex series of airphoto streaks follow this footpath approximately on 2013.

On Normal viewing from above the photo a thin white line comes out of the SW edge of the modern tarred lane, oblique into desk light it goes further, with weak magnifier most of the way to the White Way. There is also possibly another such light line for some of the way to the N. To the south of the first light line is a broader light line bounded by dark lines; with powerful magnifier the dark lines form a clear band to the White Way. The arrangement is shown at the SE corner of Survey Map 8 with positions estimated from the airphoto. The airphoto which is 6" : 1 Mile shows considerable differences from the OS map in the arrangement of lanes. The airphoto streaks are parallel to the tarred lane to the NW, and they are shown thus on Survey Map 8. The footpath is not so shown on the OS Map - its course can just be seen on Survey Map 8. The broad white line is interpreted as the 40' terrace, bounded by ditches - these would run in the field SW of the tarred lane. The two thin light lines are the two narrow terraces.

Examination of the field SW of the tarred lane shows the features in bottom Sketch Section. Outside the SW boundary of this lane is a 40' terrace, built-up at its SW edge, and beyond that is a ditch still visible all along here - and in a few places back to Lomer. The corresponding positions of the dark and light airphoto lines are suggested by D and L below the Sketch Section - the Tarred lane is running on the central 25' Roman lane. The N 25' lane would be in the wood.

Principal Surveyors

Donald Ashdown, Jerry Revell, Philip Rowbotham. Richard Whaley

Map Caption Survey Map , OS Hants Sheet 51 SW, 6" : 1 mile 3rd edition revised 1908. 1000 foot scale is shown in the SW corner. The map above has been shrunk to fit within the margins - a full size map can be printed below. This map was used for the field boundary analysis with respect to the Winchester - London Roman Road - there are still too many boundaries running parallel and right angles to this Road to a low statisitical significance.


Survey 1 & map symbols, NEHHAS FAB e News 6 Winter 2013,
Survey 7, FAB e News 7,
Introduction to the Chichester Roman Road, FAB e News 5 Autumn 2012

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