Monument details

HER Number:435/1
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Wilderspool Roman Site


Excavations carried out by Thomas May identified a 'Walled Town' , a wall with outer facing of stones and rubble infill with an outer ditch.These defences formed a four- sided figure enclosing around 3 acres. Only the W.side was fully excavated. An angle tower on the NW corner was suggested with a causeway with a possible gate. At the southwest angle where the main Roman road from the south entered the settlement, were traces of the pillars of a gateway. A possible third gate was located in the west rampart. Find of a fragment of a bronze folding foot-stool on the western side. Thompson suggests the defences imply initial military occupation around AD 80.


Monument Types

  • BUTTRESS ( some (1-100), Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • DEFENCE OBSTRUCTION (Defences, Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD (?))
  • DITCH (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • GATE ( 3 of, Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • TOWN (Town-walled, Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD (?))
  • TOWN DEFENCES (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD (?))
  • TOWN WALL (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD (?))
  • WALL (Wall-stone some (1-100), Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1006769: Roman Settlement At Wilderspool

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