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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 called the … 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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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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Mellor Moor Roman Signal Station, Blackburn

Spectacular views from this hill top site leave you in little doubt as to why it was chosen for a Roman signal station. Today you can look north to see Ribchester, site of a Roman fort. Looking south the Romans would … Continue reading

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