Category Archive: Cumbria

Oct 01

The Kingdom of Venutius

The Kingdom of Venutius – Brigantia – AD 69 “Inspired by these differences between the Roman forces and by the many rumours of civil was that reached them, the britons plucked up courage under the leadership of Venutius, who, in addition to his own natural spirit and hatred of the Roman name, was fired by …

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Oct 01

Troutbeck Roman Camps, Cumbria

Troutbeck Roman Camps – Cumbria At Troutbeck are three Roman marching camps and a small fort. This could be either a training camp or signs of three campaigns and a later fort. Unfortunately, as with most marching camps, only tantalising glimpses of the earthworks remain, so much so, that we have been unable to get …

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Sep 30

Rey Cross Marching Camp, Cumbria

Rey Cross Marching Camp Images from Rey Cross. Rey Cross is one of the largest marching camps known in Britain, it is large enough to hold more thasn two legions (and therefore did) and has been dated to c. 71 A.D. The Roman marching camp at Rey Cross is split by the A 66 trunk …

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Sep 30

Maiden Castle, Pooley Bridge, Cumbria

Maiden Castle – Pooley Bridge, Cumbria A superbly circular “fort”, built on the side of the hill, which seems to be a Brigantian fashion (see below). This is built with two rampart walls and a very narrow ditch between – 1-2m. If these were defences, they seem pretty slight. In it’s way, a miniature version …

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Sep 29

Dunmallard Hill, Cumbria

Dunmallard Hill – Pooley Bridge, Cumbria Dunmallard Hill, shrouded in trees, hides a true hill-fort. It uses the steed slopes of the hill to good effect, adding to the defence with a deep ditch and rampart within. The ramparts are up to 10m in height from the base of the ditch, which is still 2-3m …

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Sep 27

Kirkhaugh, Cumbria

Kirkhaugh – Cumbria Barrow (NY 704494) 2 miles NNW of Alston. Finds in Museum of Antiquities, Newcastle. “This mound is 22ft. in diam. and about 3ft high. It has been built upon a natural knoll which makes the barrow look larger than it is. Excavation showed that the mound has an earthy core with a …

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