Attested: Durolavi at position 262 in the Ravenna Cosmography, in its tour of harbour estuaries
Where: Probably near Halesworth, Suffolk, where a Roman road (Stone Street) continuing along the line of the modern A144 would have crossed the river Blyth heading towards High Street on the A12.
Name origin: Duro ‘crossing’ plus a river name *lavi discussed here.
Notes: The modern river Blyth is a silted-up remnant of a much bigger Roman-era estuary, presumably called *Lavi. A Roman fort might have been lost to the sea there and this estuary may be a stronger candidate than the next one for the lost ecclesiastical centre Domnoc. Much Roman material has been found slightly downriver of Halesworth, around Wenhaston. Blythburgh became an important administrative centre in Saxon times, with Dunwich as its trading outpost. Modern Lavenham might contain an analogous Lav-, but it is on a different river system. It is also odd that a name that one would expect to apply to a river crossing, i.e. a place, is here applied to an estuary.
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