An alternative to Watling Street
Alan Abbey casts doubts on the history of this trackway, asking, what if it isn’t pre-Roman, and what if, for arguments sake, it is really late-Roman or even early medieval? He agrees that it does follow a route between certain known and assumed points but to what end? And, what evidence is there that it is that old? That it follows the coastline is fair enough but he believes that parts of the road could have been under water or were at least marshy in the Roman period. He questions why we assume the Lower Road to be so early and what is the evidence? Given the foregoing, Alan believes it would make more sense to use the trackway that was later to become Watling Street. Roman field boundaries running from the A2 north to the coastline have been identified, forming lateral estates, so does the trackway cut across them or is it perhaps later when those estates had collapsed and the old boundaries dissolved? A Lower Road that then linked some of the areas left over from the estates in the early medieval period might then make more sense. It is most certainly an area that is ripe for further research.