Brige is mentioned in the twelfth and fifteenth itinerary of Antonine as an intermediate station, between Venta Belgarum, and Sorviodunum. Quoting Brayley: “Camden supposes [it] to be indicated by the name of BROUGHTON, (Borough-town) a small village, about one mile to the the north of the Roman Road. Salmon places this station on a hill near Broughton, observing, that the eminiense must have been the site of the fortress; and Mr. Gale, in a manuscript note, quoted in Gough’s Camden, says, that in the year 1719, he saw very large banks, the remains of this town, in a wood near Broughton, in the way to Salisbury“.

A similar, but not necessarily the same name: Briga, appears in two of the fragmentary texts of the Vindolanda tablets found at Vindolanda Roman Fort on Hadrians Wall.

.ra eram et Brigae mansura
‘and will remain at Briga’
(Vindolanda 292)

tibi in folle br.gese
‘to you, in a sack from..’
(Vindolanda 180)

References for

  • The Beauties of England and Wales, Or, Delineations, Topographical, Historical, and Descriptive, of Each County: Hampshire ; Isle of Wight ; Herefordshire, p.230 by Edward Wedlake Brayley, John Britton T. Maiden, 1805 The Vindolanda tablets online,
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