Pontes Settlement

Minor Settlement

The minor Roman settlement at Staines lay on the main London to Calleva (Silchester) road at the crossing of the River Thames, just south of the confluence of the River Chess. There was of course a bridge over the River Thames which can easily be pinpointed by following the line of the main east-west road, but the settlement’s Latin name Pontes meaning “The Bridges”, implies another bridge or series of causeways, crossing either the River Chess, or perhaps the Thames to the west of its confluence with the Chess.

References for Pontes

Historical Map and Guide – Roman Britain by the Ordnance Survey (3rd, 4th & 5th eds., 1956, 1994 & 2001).

Roman Roads near Pontes

W (27) to Calleva Attrebatum (Silchester) (Silchester, Hampshire) E (18) to Londinivm