De plateis regalibus. Capitulum quadragesimum quintum.
Gaufridus. Molinicius, kyng of Britouns,*. [Molimicius, α.; and so below; Moliuncius, Cx., and Molyuncius below.] was þe þridde and twenty of hem, and þe firste þat ȝaf hem lawe. He ordeyned þat*. [þat þat, MS. (not α. or Cx.)] plowȝmen solowes, goddes temples,*. [MS. adds: and hiȝe temples (not α. or Cx.)] and Page 45, vol.2 hiȝe weies, þat ledeþ to citees and townes, schulde haue þe fredom of socour; so þat eueriche man þat fley*. [wente, Cx.] to eny of þe þre for socour for*. [or for, Cx.] trespas þat he hadde i-doo schulde be safe*. [saaf, α.] for pursuyt of alle*. [al, α.] his enemyes. But afterward, for þe weyes were not so sette wiþ certeyn markes, þe weies were vncerteyn and strif was bygonne.*. [had, Cx. (who has some omis|sions.)] Þerfore Belinus þe kyng, þat was þe forsaide Moluneius his sone, for to putte awey al doute and stryf, made foure hiȝe kyng*. [kynges, Cx. (not α.)] weies i-priueleged [wiþ al privilege]*. [Added from α. and Cx. (who has priuelegys.)] and fredom, and þe weies streccheþ þoruȝ out*. [thurgh, Cx.] þe ilond. Þe firste and þe grettest of þe foure weies hatte Fosse, and streccheþ out of þe south in to þe norþe, and bygynneþ from þe corner of Cornewayle at Totteneys*. [Totenes, α.] and endeþ in þe ende of Scot|lond at Catenesse. ℞. Neuerþeles more verreyliche, as oþer men telleþ, Fosse bygynneþ in Cornewayle,*. [at Totteneys . . . in Corne|wayle] om. Cx.] and passeþ forþ by Deuenschire and*. [and] om. α. and Cx.] by Somersete, and forþ bysides Tettebury vppon Codeswolde*. [Coteswold, α.] bysides Couentre anon to Leycetre, and so forþ by wylde pleynes toward Newerk, and endeþ at Lyncolne. The secounde chief kynges hiȝe wey hatte Watlynge strete, and streccheþ þwart*. [þwat, α.; thwert, Cx.] ouer Page 47, vol.2 Fosse out of þe souþ est in to þe norþ west, and bygyn|neþ at Douere, and passeþ by þe middel of Kent ouer Themse bysides Londoun by West Westmynstre, and so forþ by Seint Albon in þe west side by Donstaple,*. [Donsteble, α.] by Stret|forde,*. [Stredfore, α.] by Toucetre, by Wedoun, by Souþ Lilleburne, by Atherestoun,*. [Atherystoun, α.] anon to Gilbertys hill, þat now hatte Wrekene, and forþ by Seuarne, and passeþ by sides Wrok|cestre, and þanne forþ to Strattoun, and forth by þe myddel of Wales anon to Cartigan,*. [Cardigan, α.; Cardykan, Cx.] and endeþ at þe Irische*. [Erisch, α.] see. Þe þridde way hatte Erimingestrete,*. [Erymingestrete, α.; Erimynge|strete, Cx.] and streccheþ out of þe west northwest in to þe est souþest, and byginneþ in Meneuia þat is in Seint Deuys*. [Dauyes, α.; Dauid, Cx.] lond in West Wales, and streccheþ forþ anon to Souþ Hamptoun. Þe ferþe hatte Rykeneldes strete, and streccheþ out of þe south west in to þe norþ est, and bygynneþ in Meneuia in West Wales, and streccheþ forþ*. [So α.; for, MS.; Cx. has some omissions, and a few slight varia|tions of orthography.] by Worcestre, by Wycombe, by Birmingham,*. [Birmingtham, α.] by Lichefeld, by Derby, by Chesterfilde, by Ȝork, and so forþ anon to Tynemouþe.