The Road from London to Wells and St Edmondsbury

Newmarket to Well-next-the-Sea and Bury St Edmunds.


This map shows both the route between Newmarket and Wells in Norfolk,
via Swaffham and Fakenham, and from Newmarket to Bury St Edmunds.

Each of the ribbons which make up the map include a compass indicating north.

The landscape along the journey is described,
and the distance travelled and directions to nearby settlements are given too.

I have shown the place name as it appears on this map (c.1675) first, with the modern spelling in brackets.
I have only listed the places I can readily find in a modern road atlas,
but there are many more places of interest on these maps which I have not included in my summary.
These may include rivers, ponds, churches, windmills, blacksmiths forges, gallows and bridges.

The Route

Newmarket
Kennet (Kennett)
Redhouse (Red Lodge)
Freekenham (Freckenham)
Mildnall or Mildenhall
Warren Heath (Lakenheath Warren)
Wangford
Brandon
Weeting
Mimfdrd (Mundford)
Igboro (Ickburgh)
Bednay (Bodney)
Hilboro (Hilborough)
Cley (Cockley Cley)
Swafham (Swaffham)
Castleaker (Castle Acre)
Newton
Lexham (West Lexham)
Rufham (Rougham)
Titleshall (Tittleshall)
Patchly (Pattesley)
Oxley (Oxwick)
Cockham (Colkirk)
Toftes (Toftrees)
Fakenham
Great Snoring
East Basham (East Barsham)
Houghton (St Giles)
Walsingha' (Great Walsingham)
Wighton
Wells

Newmarket
Kenford (Kentford)
Hering Well (Herringswell)
Garsbly (Gazeley)
Bareow (Barrow)
Saxham par. (Little Saxham)
Risby
Farnham (Fornham All Saints)
Rusby Gate
St Edmonds-Bury vulgo Bury (Bury St Edmunds)
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