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Wort’s Causeway

Notes on the history of Wort's Causeway, Cambridge

The Iron Age fort above Limekiln Road was probably built to control the prehistoric track-way which ran north-westwards between Haverhill and Cambridge. In Roman times its surface was metalled. In the 13th century it was known as Wulves Street but also as Via Devana by 19th century antiquarians. It traditionally marked the southern boundary of the parish of Hinton.

In 1709 William Wort gave money to divert the route onto lower ground; the new road completed in 1733 was renamed Wort’s Causeway.

An article about the Roman road and his link with Wort’s Causeway can be found here:

Roman Road

The milestone along the road is a listed monument:

http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/details/default.aspx?id=47896

Thye 1920 map of Cambridge shows the Cambridge Research Hospital at the western end of the road. Just to the east is the Red Cross Nursery, opposite the entrance drive to Netherhall Farm. Interestingly the name Worts Causeway on this map is also applied to the stretch of road between the current junction with Babraham Road and the junction of Queen Edith’s Way. The name Via Devana still appears on the map.

 

 

 

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