History of Baldock:
Roman Baldock (1)
This was the scene that the Romans encountered when they reached Baldock soon after the invasion of 54 A.D. They straightened and paved the roads from Colchester and Verulamium which merged at Baldock to give a single road north to Sandy and Godmanchester where it joined Ermine Street, the major route from London and the south through Royston to York. Parts of the Roman roads through Baldock have been found and follow roughly the road to Gravely, the Buntingford Road and North Road but one also cuts across the modern road system on a line from the roundabout by Tescos to Hartsfield School.
The Icknield Way was also improved and its line defined by the Romans. It is very unlikely that the present High Street, Hitchin Street, Church Street and Whitehorse Street existed so that the Roman town centre, as judged by the focus of the roads and evidence of important Roman buildings such as a temple, was near Bakers Close and Hartsfield School on Clothall Road.
Extensive cemeteries and graveyards ranged east from there on the area now known as Walls Field and Clothall Common. Altogether, the archaeological evidence suggests an important small town whose name, unfortunately, is not known.