which runs from Beachley to Flintshire, was not the work of
Offa, King of Mercia, but was repaired by him. It existed when the
Romans were in England, for five Roman roads cross it. Offa availed
himself of it as a line of demarcation that was sufficiently
serviceable, though by no means tallying with his territory either in
extent or position.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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