SD9617 : 'Roman' Road over Blackstone Edge

taken 3 years ago, 3 km from Summit, Rochdale, Great Britain

'Roman' Road over Blackstone Edge
'Roman' Road over Blackstone Edge
Blackstone Edge Long Causeway also known as Blackstone Edge Roman is a cobbled ‘road’ surface crossing the bleak moorland for about 2 miles along Blackstone Edge on the Lancashire-West Yorkshire border. The road has a deep groove running down the centre.

It is a Scheduled monument (List entry Number: 1003746 LinkExternal link Historic England). Initially thought to be of Roman Origin, this road is still marked on Ordnance Survey maps as a ‘Roman Road’ but many historians have argued over whether or not the paved road over Blackstone Edge was built by the Romans, with no firm conclusion ever being reached but nowadays the most widely accepted theory is that it is an early turnpike road from circa 1735. Indeed, in 1965 James Leonard Maxim reported the discovery of a medieval pack-horse track that passed under part of the road and that therefore must pre-date it (Maxim, James L., A Lancashire Lion, J.L. Maxim Trustees: Leeds 1965).

Others believe that it may be even more modern being constructed in connection with stone gathering or quarrying activity on the moor. It is, however, likely that a Roman road did once cross the Pennines hereabouts before the medieval pack-horse tracks and the 1735 turnpike road were constructed.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 4 May, 2016   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 6 May, 2016
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Uplands  Paths  Moorland 
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Panasonic DMC-G7 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 969 170 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:38.9696N 2:2.8207W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 969 170
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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