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 just north of Brassington. It is believed that from Brassington the road ran eastwards to Wirksworth and there joined another road which crossed the Derwent at Milford and ran on the east bank of the Derwent and can be traced to the northern suburbs of Derby to 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.[1]


  1. ^ The Romans in Derbyshire Peak District Online


  • 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)
  • A. Shone and D. Smart, "The Street: A re-evaluation of the Roman road from Wirksworth to Buxton" (2017) Wirksworth Archaeological Society