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47 writer's arrangement, may be Castle-Northwich, where, as Whittaker remarks, the brine flowing nearer to the surface would be earlier detected than that at the other salt towns where it lies deeper. III. Kinderton, near Middlewich, will, I think, prove beyond doubt the ancient Condate. There is at Kinderton a Roman camp, in what is called "the Harboro' Field;" it is of an irregular figure, not a true paral¬ lelogram, although approaching as near to it as the formation of the land will allow; the sides are not exactly facing the cardinal points, although sufficiently so to be designated by them. This camp is bounded on the N. by the River Daven or Dane, on the W. by the River Croco, their confluence being at the N. W. angle. On the two other sides of the parallelogram the fosse is plainly discernible, though it has been greatly defaced by being partially levelled a few years ago. Several coins and other trifling articles have been found in levelling and ploughing the field which unfortunately have not been preserved. On 25th July, a.d. 1849, when digging to ascertain how far the gravel of the road extended, in each place opened small fragments of Roman pottery, some of Samian ware, were immediately thrown out sufficient to indicate the place to be Roman, and shewing the probability of much being discovered if diligent search were instituted. There is a Roman road called Kind-street, vulgo King-street, still in use from Broken Cross, near Northwich, (one of the boundary crosses of the Norman Sanctuary of Rood, or Rud-heath,) pointing northwards towards Warrington, Veratinum, and running in a southward direction until it fords the Dane, a few yards west of Ravenscroft Bridge, and striking the camp in the Harbour's Field on the east side, terminates in Kinderton. At the termination of this road, the gravel of which it is composed may be traced to the width of between 40 and 50 yards, forming a platea or broadway at the junction of the several roads which there converge. There is another Roman road to be traced in Bradwall, in the parish of Sandbach, the line of which, if extended southwards, would pass Hare Castle, and Chesterton, in Staffordshire, continuing a straight course to Etocetum, or Wall, near Lichfield; if produced northwards it falls into the straight part of " Booth-lane," in the road from Sandbach to Middle¬ wich ; and continuing in a line, the course of which can be traced through the fields, meets a short accommodation road called the Parson's-lane; and, following that to its termination, passes onwards, still discernible, until it meets the junction at Kinderton. There is another Roman road which is traced through the fields from Occlestone Green, through Wimboldsley, Minshull Vernon, Leighton, and Worleston, nearly to Nantwich, pointing towards Wem, in Shropshire (Rutunium). This road produced in a line from Occlestone Green east¬ wards, crosses the River Wheelock, near Sutton Mill, and passing through