Medium: Aquatint, coloured
View of Ware in Hertfordshire. The town of Ware is one of the oldest settlements in England and there is evidence that people lived here in the middle of the Stone Age. Ware’s strength was that it is strategically situated on an important old road, known as Ermine Street or the Old North Road, at the point where it crosses the River Lea. During the Roman occupation the road was widened and a substantial settlement developed here and became an important market town. It is thought that the name Ware is of Saxon Origin and is derived from the ‘Waras’ or weirs that were built here by King Alfred in the 9th century to divert the River Lea so that it could act as a boarder between Wessex and Danelaw.