Brockley Hill

 

Brockley Hill

Watling Street ascends the steep Brockley Hill, where some handsome new houses have been erected standing back from the roadway in gardens

Bores for non existent tube line on its way to Elstree

Roman remains

Site of Sullonicae.  Obelisk to mark the spot in the hospital grounds of a battle in AD 54 with Julius Caesar.

The site of the important Romano-British posting station and settlement of SuIloniacis 'estate of a man called Sullonios' was near here on Watling Street.

Became base station of Sullonicae, originally centre Roman settlement, Syllonicae, pavement etc., 1658 W.Burton, found a lot of stone 1781, rings, cones, etc. But stories of a battle with Julius Caesar almost certainly not true. Sullonicae was a posting station which is recorded in the Antonine itinerary.

Pottery here from AD75-AD160 lidded bowls,flagons, and jars. Plus some local cleared areas for farming. 

Earthworks, small banked enclosure 100 yards wide, high ramparts and embankment going towards Watling Street. Caturvellauni settlement on Brockley Hill. Never proved.

Ministry of Works buildings from 1946 and Ministry of Defence buildings.  Has been redeveloped for housing.

mile stone 18th

Dennis Lane

Pear Wood.

Stanmore Country Park .An area of farmland adjacent to Watling Street. The area is part of  a important belt of landscape from Harrow Weald Common. e country park was once part of the Warren House 'state which passed to the GLC from Middlesex county council which lad acquired it as part of its green belt  plicy. In 1976 the GLC iesignated the former farmland a country park. It lies to the south of Pear Wood. Many features indicate its former use as pasture; anthills in the acid soil and various plant species such as heath bedstraw, sheep's sorrel and pepper saxifrage are associated with unimproved grasslands. tussocks of tufted hair grass, with bugle and large bird's foot trefoil tdd to this character. However, there is a mix of habitat as a spring line emerges from the wood supporting sedges and rushes, while the voodland shows signs of its ancient origin and more recent usage. sweet chestnut and rhododendron. These plantings by the Duke of Chandos in the 19C do not hide the ancient woodland of hornbeam, ash and wild cherry with the ground flora of wood sorrel, dog's mercury and various woodland grasses. Wildlife includes one of only two colonies of wood ants in Hertfordshire and Middlesex, with small mammals ranging from woodmice, weasels, to the larger foxes and perhaps badgers. The wide range of birdlife includes, apart from regular woodland occupants, cuckoos, woodcock, tawny owl and sparrowhawk. A pond supports carp, tench, rudd and perch which in turn attract herons and kingfishers.

Cloisters Wood Part of Stanmore Country Park

Wood Lane

Sullonicae was Mary Wardell’s house which she converted into a children’s convalescent home. And it became Royal National Orthopedic Hospital country branch. Plaque about potteries. 

 

 

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