Literal. Takes its name from the old Roman road which used to run close to here, which this street was to the side of. Ermine Street was one of the great Roman highways leaving the City near Bishopsgate, and then via Lincoln on to York. In the 10thCentury it was called Earninga strœt by the Anglo-Saxons meaning the tribe led by a man named Earn. It is one of a small cluster of roads that are connected with this route; see also Agricola Place, Hadrians Ride, Lincoln Road and Roman Way.
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