Although Stevenage is a new town, it has an ancient history. The Romans settled here. Today’s High Street follows the line of a Roman road, along which centurions once marched behind their standard-bearer, now remembered in the name of this Wetherspoon pub. The Saxons gave their village a name meaning ‘the strong oak’. In the 18th century, the present High Street was known as the Great North Road and was a busy coaching route, making Stevenage famous as a coaching town.