The Street (Derbyshire)

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The Street is the medieval name of the Roman road that ran through the Peak District of Derbyshire from the spa town of Buxton (Latin Aquae Arnemetiae) southeast towards modern Derby. The line of the road can be traced from surviving features, confirmed by archaeology, from Buxton as far as Carsington, where there was a Roman settlement. It is believed[1] that from Carsington the road ran eastwards to Wirksworth and there joined an older ridgeway that can be traced to the northern suburbs of Derby, not far from Little Chester, the site of the Roman settlement of Derventio.

The Romans built farmsteads near the Street, to feed the soldiers and growing population in the area. Remains of a farm have been found near Minninglow.[2]



  • M. Brassington, "The Roman roads of Derby" in Derbyshire Archaeological Journal vol. 101 (1981) pp. 88-92
  • G. Guilbert, K. Challis, "Excavations across the supposed line of 'the Street' Roman road south-east of Buxton, 1991" in Derbyshire Archaeological Journal vol. 113 (1991) pp. 45-60
  • J. Lomas, "Problems of the Roman Road between Buxton and Little Chester, Derby" in Derbyshire Archaeological Journal vol. 78 (1958)
  • W. Smithard, "The Roman Road between Little Chester and Minninglow" in Derbyshire Archaeological Journal vol. 46/47 (1910)