Ware has been described as “one of the oldest, continuously occupied sites in Europe”. It grew up beside a ford across the River Lea, carrying the ancient trackway that later became Roman Ermine Street and the Old North Road, the main road of medieval England.

A small Roman town here served as a staging post for the legions on their way to York and Hadrian’s Wall. In Saxon times, the town was on the frontier between Wessex and the Danelaw. It then acquired its present name from the drop in the river or `weir’. One of the oldest jokes in England is to ask a local “Where do you live?” and get the reply: “Ware.” “Where?” “Ware! W-A-R-E.”


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