Back in the car, I plot my onward course. Next: an appointment with the Romans. I backtrack to the village, turn right and head west. Six miles later I dally with the outskirts of aforementioned city. It has its own saint (Dies AD870, his day: April 10). In the southern suburbs, meanwhile, a noted 20th century astronomer was born. A schoolmaster by profession he discovered several comets – one being named after him in 1959. He died in 2000.
Continuing west, I follow, as best I can the south bank of the city’s principal river, thus passing through the village in which an engineer was born in 1863. He started business in a small way manufacturing switches and suchlike before meeting, in 1904, his famous business partner (the first person to fly the English Channel, nonstop, return).
A mile northwest of the village, I find, eventually, somewhere to park. Luck is on my side, for I am almost on top of a Roman town built to guard the spot where a well-known Roman road crossed the river. The town was noted for the enormous amounts of pottery (named after the river) that its produced. IT is bisected perfectly by the Roman road and I can see its agger as clear as clear can be.
Agger: yes, it’s a good day for delicious, old words.
1.What is the feat of 15th-century engineering?
2.What was the name of the Roman town?
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