This is an online atlas of the late Roman defensive system in Britain known as the Litus Saxonicum (Saxon Shore). Like its sibling site devoted to Hadrian's Wall, Per Lineam Valli, it provides access to the various sites through the aerial coverage provided by Google Earth. Originally designed as a teaching aid, it is being made available under a Creative Commons Attribution / Noncommercial / Sharealike (by-nc-sa) licence.


The main component is a Google Earth file containing the forts of the Saxon Shore. Geolocated links to the photographs available on the Images page will be added in due course, as will details of the continental elements of the system. There are also links to the same information in Google Maps and Microsoft's Virtual Earth system, but there are limitations on these that Google Earth does not share.

The principal elements of each layer carry details of the relevant pages within The Roman Forts of the Saxon Shore by Stephen Johnson; links to the appropriate parts of MAGIC, the UK government mapping base which includes the extent (and details) of scheduled monuments, and PastScape, the National Monuments Record's online database; images of sites where there is something to see; and, where available, information from the gaudy-but-useful References will also be found to papers within the online version of D.E. Johnston's Saxon Shore, where appropriate. The whole is leavened, where appropriate, by quotations from the astute Jesse Mothersole (who wrote one of the first books on the Saxon Shore).

Additionally, there are pages with more images of the Saxon Shore forts (available under a Creative Commons licence) and details of the major online sources of information on the Saxon Shore.

Mike Bishop

This website last updated 15th May 2009