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Erʹmine Street

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One of the four great public ways made in England by the Romans. The other three are Watling Street, Ikenild Street, and the Fosse. Germanʹicus derives Ermin from Hermës, whence Irminsull (a column of Mercury), because Mercury presided over public roads. This is not correct; Irminsul, or rather Ermensul, is the Scandinavian Odin, not a “Column of Mercuryat all; and Erming Street really means Odin’s Street.

Fair weyes many on ther ben in Englond,

But four most of all ben zunderstond …

Fram the south into the north takit Erming-strete;

Fram the east into the west goeth Ikeneld-strete;

Fram south-est [east] to North-west (that is sum del grete)

Fram Dorer [Dover] into Chestre goʹth Watling-strete;

The forth is most of all that tills from Totëneys—

Fram the one end of Cornwall anon to Catenays [Caithness]—

Fram the south to North-est into Englondes end

Fosse men callith thisk voix.”


Robert of Gloucester.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Eretrian
Erigena
Erin
Erinnys
Eriphila
Erix
Erl-king
Ermeline (Dame)
Ermienes
Ermine or Hermine
Ermine Street
Erminia
Ernani
Ernest (Duke)
Eros
Erostratus
Erra-Pater
Erse
Erudite
Erythreos
Erythynus

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