Attested: Durobrisin at position 102 in the Ravenna Cosmography
Where: Scole, on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, where the Antonine Itinerary's itinera 5 and 9, Roman roads 3c and 3d of Margary (1973), and medieval Pye Road, now the A140, crossed the river Waveney at TM146785.
Name origin: Duro- ‘crossing’. The –brisin part resembles Old English brice, Irish brised, French briser, all with a sense of ‘breach, break apart’, from PIE *bhreiə- ‘to cut’ (or similar roots), describing how the Waveney (in spate) there makes much of Norfolk into an island.
Notes: Villa Faustini was nearby. Rivet & Smith went completely wrong on this name, amending it to Durobrivae.
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