> Does any list member have knowledge of the term Herpath. I am aware that
> the term is derived from Saxon however I have been given two definitions.
> The first is that it was a made track way or mettalled road from antiquity
> and the second army path which was the regular term for main road in areas
> of West Saxon speech. The problem I encounter with the latter definition is
> that I live in East Sussex and therefore in an East Saxon area. rob
Old English here-pæth (the final letter is actually an eth, ie a barred d, but I
don't have that character) means 'military road, highway', as also does
here-stræt - ie a road suitable for the passage of an army (see eg A H
Smith, English Place-Name Elements, i, 244-5). Some roads that
were so called were certainly of Roman and earlier origin but not all
of them need have been. It's impossible to say if all roads referred
to as a here-pæth or here-stræt were 'made', ie had an artificial
surface, but it's most unlikely that they were.
It doesn't matter that you live in Sussex. T he two terms, which are
widely found in placenames and in charter boundary clauses, were/
would have been used in all areas where OE was spoken.