Multicultural York: the Anglo-Saxons (AD400-866)

Where did the Anglo-Saxons settle?

The following are all Anglo-Saxon street names that can be found today in York:


Aldwark 'the old fortification' - a reference to the Roman walls - follows approximately the line of the intervallum road and becomes a parish boundary for pre-conquest churches.


Bretgate'street of the Britons' - ie a recognisable community in the city at the time they were called that by the Anglo-Scandinavians. Another 'lost' Bretgate led off Walmgate.


Patrick pool - Pol is OE (Old English) - was this a pool caused by a break in the drainage system or the nearby pool of the bathhouse or the fortress wall ditch?

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