Early-attested site in the Parish of Upton
- Stangate 1146 Cottvii.3
- regalis via q. voc. Stangate 1286 Ass
Gate here must be the Scand. loan-word gate from ON gata, as the name seems to have been actually applied to Ermine Street itself. It is borne by this road at the point where it climbs to cross the ridge between the fen-land east of Sawtry and the flats along Alconbury Brook. Stukeley (Itinerarium Curiosum , Iter v, 81) says that the name means 'paved with stone,' some of it still being in existence near Stilton in his day, i.e. 1742.