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“A thousand roads lead men forever to Rome”; Alain de Lille, 1175

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The Roman Roads Research Association was formed to advance knowledge of the Roman road network and promote the study of Roman roads and Roman heritage throughout the British Isles. Our work is largely inspired by one man, Ivan D. Margary, who without doubt did more for Roman roads research in Britain than anyone before or since, his “Roman Roads in Britain ” (1955) remaining the most comprehensive gazetteer ever compiled. As we approached our first birthday, RRRA were extremely proud to mark the 40th anniversary of his death by hosting the inaugural Ivan D Margary Memorial Conferences. The programmes for the conferences, and a selection of the papers presented, are still available by clicking the “2016 Conferences” tab above.

Introducing R.R.R.A.

Following ideas raised in the Discussion Groups at our two Ivan D Margary Memorial Conferences in 2016, we listened to our delegates and can now announce exciting two new additions to this site.


We have introduced a comprehensive online forum, with a forum for just about every known Roman road in Britain. Access will be restricted mainly to our membership during a trial period (until April 2017), after which it will visible to all.


There are an increasing number of excellent online resources from many organisations freely available to researchers, however many are not well known and not so easy to find. We have prepared a new section that includes everything from Historic mapping to LiDAR - we hope it will be of help to everyone - let us know if you know of a site we’ve somehow missed!

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Our Treasurer, friend, and fellow Roman roads researcher,  Hugh Sandbach Toller, passed away on the 4th October after a long illness.

Those who knew him well are more than familiar with his contribution to Roman roads research. Those who didn’t will almost certainly be unaware that over some 40 years Hugh contributed more to the advancement of our understanding of the Roman road network than anyone else since Ivan Margary. Without Hugh, RRRA would not exist.

His loss will be deeply felt by all of us who had the good fortune to know him and work with him. He will be greatly missed.

An example of recent research

A 3D LiDAR image revealing the true course of part of the Roman road between Ilkley and Ribchester at Addingham (West Yorkshire).