Roman times
Stony Stratford developed around the Roman Watling Street, where it crosses the River Ouse, the first major river crossing north of London. Being midway between two Roman posting stations it may well have been a stop on the road during Roman occupation. The name comes from the Saxon "Stani Street' or Stone Street, a Roman paved street. The old English "Straetford" means a ford by which a Roman road crosses a river.
Watling Street running north through Stony Stratford