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While Edgware has a generally London suburban character nowadays, it was actually an ancient parish in Middlesex for a very long time. In fact, it was only in the 1960s that Edgware became part of Greater London, and only about 100 years prior to this, that housing developments in the area created the place we know today. For much of its history, Edgware was rural farm and woodland. Still, Edgware has some very interesting links to some of the most important times in England’s history.
The first link to England’s history is the fact that Edgware is actually a Saxon name. It means ‘Ecgi’s Weir’. Ecgi was a Saxon person likely granted the land due to their importance at the time. Sadly, no one is too sure who Ecgi was and their importance to the King and England at the time. The ‘weir’ of the name is known, though. This was a pond in the area where the settlers used to fish. Over the years, the name got squished, and the spelling changed. In 1422, for example, a legal record mentions ‘Eggeswer’ in Middlesex. The document is in Latin, though, and this may have been a deliberate use of an older spelling of it. Still, over time, the place name finally became Edgware.
As we said, Edgware has been a rural place for much of its existence, but that doesn’t mean that nothing happened there. Watling Street has been a focal point of Edgware for a very long time. While the Romans built many roads in Britain, Watling Street actually already existed when the Romans arrived in Britain in 43AD; they simply paved and improved it.
Watling Street has been used for passage from Dover to London and beyond for thousands of years, and Edgware has a very key location on the road. The Romans built a brick factory in Edgware, which allowed them to build bricks outside of the city and then carry them into London on Watling Street for their massive expansion plans. Of course, Watling Street’s links to Dover also meant that the Romans, Saxons, Normans and many other peoples that came before them could use it as a trade route for the rest of England. Chances are, many riches and trade goods have made there way through Edgware over the years.
Edgware being on a trade route may not sound that exciting to us nowadays. However, places like Edgware were really key to trade routes working flawlessly back then. Consider Edgware as one of the best service stations you have ever stopped at. Only, in this case, instead of a McDonald’s and a quick toilet break, you could change horses, stay in a fancy hotel, buy some goods from all over the world, have the Roman version of a McDonald’s and rest your weary travel legs.
It is amazing to think that some of the most important historical finds in England passed through Edgware at some stage on their journey. And that Roman Edgware and its brick factory may have been responsible for some of the biggest building projects that took place in the capital during the Roman period.