MACLAUCHLAN’S DERE STREET, by Henry MacLauchlan. Reprint published by Wanney Books (www.wildsofwanney.co.uk). £4.50. Softback.
IN 1849 the author, an expert surveyor and antiquarian, was commissioned by the Duke of Northumberland to survey the Roman remains in Northumberland, including the subject of this book, Dere Street (Watling Street) from the Tees to the Scottish border.
His survey was carried out at a time when Roman remains were far more visible in the landscape than they are today and MacLauchlan’s 1851 memoir provides a fascinating insight into our Roman past.