NGRef: TL3835
OSMap: LR154?
Type: Temple Or Shrine

Roads
N (7) to Wimpole Lodge
S (9) to Bravghing

Guilt-silver Bronze Plaque Decorated with Shrine of Mars

D MARTI ALATORI DVM... CENSORINVS GEMELLI FIL VSLM

"To the god Mars Alatorius, Dum[...] Censorinus, the son of Gemellus, willingly and deservedly fulfils a vow."

(RIB 218; silver plaque)

Barkway lies some 6½ miles north of the Braughing Roman settlement along the River Quin in Hertfordshire. There are three Latin texts recorded in the R.I.B. for th Barkway area, all found in 1744 with other Roman items in a chalk-pit at Rookery Wood, ¾-mile west of Barkway. The inscribed items were all votive in nature, dedicated to various gods, and now all reside in the British Museum in London. They are a silver-gilt bronze plaque depicting a shrine of Mars (RIB 218, vide supra), a silver ansate plate dedicated to a Romano-British war-god (RIB 219, vide infra), and a silver leaf depicting a shrine of Vulcan (RIB 220, etiam infra).

Silver Ansate Plate dedicated to Mars

MARTI TOVTATITI CLAVDIVS PRIMVS ATTI LIBER VSLM

"For Mars Toutatitis, Claudius Primus Atti[cus?], freedman, willingly and deservedly fulfils a vow."

(RIB 219; silver plate)

Silver Leaf Decorated with Shrine of Vulcan

NV VLCO

"To Night¹ and Vulcan.²"

(RIB 220; silver leaf)

  1. Based on the tentative expansion: Nv[x], the Roman goddess of the night.
  2. The crippled metalsmith of the gods.

Click here for the RBO Temples and Shrines Index

See: The Roman Inscriptions of Britain by R.G. Collingwood and R.P. Wright (Oxford 1965).
All English translations, including any inherent mistakes, are my own.