By Geodetective - 25th August 2018 6:00am
This, the lower section of Platts Lane above the east bridge may have originated in a number of ways. No single idea can be anything but a suggestion, as again, no written or map evidence is available. No surprise, as it may have happened around Domesday, 1086; it's as good a guess as any. After all it has not been investigated until now.
First, a few facts to aid my theory as to how the way formed.
Without the path, the vegetation and centuries of people and animals passing through, the hollow way would not exist. Instead, a shallow valley, with gentle slopes and at some 4m (15ft) or more above its present level. Basically, a valley easy to jump across!
Was it a dry valley or did a stream flow in it?
There is more possible evidence in Part 3 as well as the users of the hollow way...who said the Romans?