Category Archives: Roman Lancashire

Melandra Castle, Roman Fort, Glossop

About a mile and a half from Glossop, on a piece of high ground overlooking the River Etherow, are the earthwork remains of Melandra Castle. This was an auxiliary Roman fort. It’s now a scheduled ancient monument owned by the local … Continue reading

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Lancaster’s Lost Roman Fort

On top of Castle Hill once stood Lancaster’s Roman Fort, or as we shall see, a succession of forts built over the years. Today on the site is the massive fortress of Lancaster Castle and the Medieval Priory Church. The top of … Continue reading

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Manchester Roman Fort and Vicus

  The Romans built their first fort at Manchester in 79 AD on a carefully chosen strategic site. Built on a sandstone outcrop it was close by a crossing point on the River Medlock, near to where it meets the River Irwell. They … Continue reading

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Ribchester’s Roman Bath House

The Roman bath house at Ribchester was built around 100 AD. Today, there are quite substantial remains of the foundations, allowing you to walk around and view its different rooms and features. It is of the simple ‘row-type bath suite’, … Continue reading

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Walton-le-Dale’s Lost Roman Military Site, near Preston

Where the rivers Ribble and Darwen meet at Walton Flats is the Capitol Centre, a large modern retail park. What most shoppers don’t realize is that this site was once a Roman military supply depot and distribution hub, picked for its excellent access … Continue reading

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Lancaster Roman Baths and Wery Wall

Tucked away, in the corner of Vicarage Fields just behind Lancaster Priory are the remains of a Roman bath house, along with the enigmatic ‘Wery Wall’. The site has seen not one but three or four  Roman forts (depending on how the phases … Continue reading

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Wigan’s Roman Bath House Hypocaust

While walking through Wigan town centre, coming across the underground heating system for a Roman bath house may not be one of the things you expect to see. Beside the Grand Arcade Shopping Centre, on the Millgate street side is a … Continue reading

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Viking Age Cross Head, Church Inn, Prestwich

This fragment of a cross head was found in the wall that surrounds the churchyard of St Mary’s, Prestwich. The wall is fairly recent in date, built around 1975 from stones found in the churchyard. This would indicate that the … Continue reading

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Ribchester Roman Museum

We’re very fortunate to have a museum dedicated to life in the Roman fort at Ribchester. However, it not only deals with Roman finds, but begins with a summary of what life was like before the Romans came to the area. Stand … Continue reading

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Ribchester Roman Granaries

The pair of Roman granaries had a stone flagged floor and were raised off the ground on pillars to cut down the risk of mice and rats getting into the grain. They were located near the fort headquarters building and … Continue reading

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