Attested: AI Manduesedo or Manduessedo
Where: Roman settlement at Mancetter, next to Atherstone, Warwickshire, around SP326967, where Watling Street crossed the river Anker.
Name origin: Mandu- was a common part of ancient personal names (such as
Cartimandua) whose meaning and etymology has never been 100% settled, though majority opinion favours ‘young animal, pony’. Essedum was a Latin word (from in plus sedeo ‘to sit’) for ‘two-wheeled war chariot’ as used in Gaul. Maybe the road station at Manduesedo was a pony-and-trap specialist.
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Last edited: 22 February 2019
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