On the right track about Roman road

The wonderful Charlotte Street market in 1986.  Picture: Bob Thompson

NOSTALGIA: Charlotte Street remembered

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A few weeks ago I published a photo of the A3 at the junction with Purbrook Heath Road in the 1930s.

I had two e-mails from readers asking why I didn’t mention it was a former Roman road.

Well, I did, but because of space pressures it was left out.

At one time, if you travelled along the road that leads past the heath and the Rowans Hospice, you would have been on your way to a suburb of Southampton.

This is in fact part of the old Roman Road that went from Chichester to Bitterne with another possible route meeting it from Winchester.

It is even thought there was a direct route from Chichester to Winchester, but I think it is all one and the same road.

It followed the route of the old A27 as far as Bedhampton and then went north-west from what is now the junction of Hulbert Road across the fields to Purbrook and then onward and westward. Why they never took it to the south of Portsdown I cannot say.

I have traced most of the road, now mostly under fields of pasture and agriculture.

But it can be joined up if you purchase a decent map.