Substantial Roman Road directly links Winchester and Chichester

Donald Ashdown, who led the Ropley Group in identifying the Centuriation on The Winchester - London Road, found this route in outline. His thesis was that the Antonine Itinerary VII made more sense if there was a direct route between Chichester and Winchester, and Clausentum was near Exton where there are Roman remains.

The Field Archaeology Branch decided to take on the detailed surveying, with Jerry Revell as Project Leader. The route comes out of Winchester's East Gate, and has its own bridge over the M3 - as a footpath follows it to Chilcomb with a terrace hidden in a spinney. Here it climbs Telegraph Hill as a Zig Zag, with the first limb as a stranded ledge nearly its full width above the modern road. Its second limb is major engineering but has been eroded to a narrow ledge carrying a foot path. A terrace carries it on to Cheesfoot Head, after which there is a few miles gap where it has not yet been identified. From Lane End Down, SW of Beauworth, it becomes a terrace beside modern lanes and tracks on to Exton. Generally in good condition, it was known to the Saxons as a War Path - but the Saxons would not have constructed a terrace of this length. It passes Lomer, on to Beacon Hill, where there is 3000' of standed ledge - likely to be the longest known. The modern lane (the White Way) has made a deep hollow way on the east side of the original road, leaving a small part of the terrace and its cut-back high above this lane.

Investigating a terrace on a Hundred boundary round the north side of Beacon Hill, we found there was two other terraces above and below it. While the Hundred boundary carried on down the hill as a low bank, the terraces followed the hill round, and climbed up the south side to form a narrow entrance with the initial terrace investigated at the summit. This is likely to be an early hill fort, which will be surveyed in detail.

The line has been found beyond Exton as a terrace on the south side of Old Winchester Hill, whose line points back to the Beacon Hill remains, and large remains in a wood beyond. Unfortunately Jerry has been sent abroad in his work for a while, and further progress will be delayed.