Durolevum

Attested:  AI iter 2 Durolevo;  Peutinger Durolevo

WhereOspringe, Kent, TQ99516113, where the Roman road crossed the Westbrook, leading to Faversham Creek, whose former extent can be seen on flood-risk maps.  A roadside settlement, not a fort.

Name originDuro ‘crossing’ plus as second element a lavant intermittent river of the type discussed here.  The Westbrook was “until the 1960s a small but powerful spring-fed stream”.  This analysis outranks alternatives based on Latin levo ‘to elevate’ or levo ‘to smoothe’ or laevus ‘left’.

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Last Edited: 22 October 2016