SY6785 : Thomas Hardy Locations: The Roman Road

taken 8 years ago, near to Upwey, Dorset, Great Britain

Thomas Hardy Locations: The Roman Road
Thomas Hardy Locations: The Roman Road
This Track runs north-south on the western edge of this square. It is the old road that leads north from Upwey up the steep hillside to the Ridgeway , the ancient tracks that run along the crest of the local coastal hills. It was replaced by and runs parallel to the A357 Dorchester to Weymouth road which is itself being replaced by the Weymouth relief road which is currently under construction. The track was the roman road to Dunrovia (Dorchester) two thousand years ago. A phantom legion of Roman soldiers is said to appear in times of national crisis and march along this stretch of track at Ridgeway Hill, between Dorchester and Weymouth.

Thomas Hardy wrote about the track and the ghostly soldiers in his poem "The Roman Road"

The Roman Road runs straight and bare
As the pale parting-line in hair
Across the heath. And thoughtful men
Contrast its days of Now and Then,
And delve, and measure, and compare;

Visioning on the vacant air
Helmeted legionnaires, who proudly rear
The Eagle, as they pace again
The Roman Road.

But no tall brass-helmeted legionnaire
Haunts it for me. Uprises there
A mother's form upon my ken,
Guiding my infant steps, as when
We walked that ancient thoroughfare,
The Roman Road
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Date Taken
Saturday, 9 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Sunday, 10 January, 2010
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 670 858 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:40.2663N 2:28.0753W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SY 670 858
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