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“Broken bridge”

Pontefract is a historic town in West Yorkshire, England.

It is named as one of Arthur’s castles in Yder.

Pontefract | 0 to 800 AD

The name “Pontefract” is derived from Latin, meaning “broken bridge,” and it is believed to refer to an ancient Roman road or bridge in the area.

Roman Period and Post-Roman Period
In the centuries leading up to 0 AD, Britain was part of the Roman Empire. Roman roads and infrastructure were built across the region, connecting various settlements. The construction of Roman roads and forts in the area might have influenced the development of local communities.

The Roman Empire withdrew from Britain in the early fifth century, leading to a period often referred to as the Sub-Roman or Early Medieval period. The region likely saw changes in governance and local dynamics as Roman structures gave way to emerging Anglo-Saxon influence.

Anglo-Saxon Influence
The Anglo-Saxons, a group of Germanic tribes, gradually migrated and settled in Britain during the early medieval period. The specific details of settlements and developments in the Pontefract area during this time are not well-documented.

Early Medieval Period
The eighth century was part of the Early Medieval period, characterized by the formation of Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. While there might have been local communities and perhaps early ecclesiastical sites, the lack of detailed records makes it challenging to provide a specific history for Pontefract during this period.

Yder | Early 13th century