AttestedVindomora on iter 1 of the Antonine Itinerary

WhereEbchester Roman fort at NZ10355550, near the church in the modern village, overlooking floodable fields beside the river Derwent .

Name origin:  See here for why Vindo- meant something like ‘floodplain, pasture’ rather than the ‘fine, pleasant’ previously suggested.  The mor part was a forerunner of Old English mōr ‘marsh’ (Gelling & Cole, 2000: 58-59).

Notes:  A flood-risk map gives some idea of the ancient marshy area.  Selkirk (1995: 70,72,245) drew attention to a medieval mill dam and bypass channel that may be built upon originally Roman work.

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