NGRef: SJ 577 117
OSMap: LR126
Type: Fort
None identified

The Probable Fort at Duncot

SJ577117 c.246 x 803 ft
(c.75 x 245 m)
c.4½ acres
(c.1.8 ha)

Situated alongside the south bank of the River Tern about two miles to the north of Wroxeter in Shropshire, this elongated enclosure is similar in outline to the suspected fort south of Wem, which lies about 10 miles to the north-north-west, although considerably larger. Its unusually elongated layout with gateways in the centre of the shorter sides only, has long dissuaded archaeologists from declaring the site as Roman, but an evaluation trench across its defences revealed a double-ditch system of typical Roman military profile, each defensive ditch being V-shaped, about 3½ feet (c.1 m) across the lip with a drainage slot in the bottom; traces of cervi- or cippi-type obstacles were also found in the inner ditch. Sherds of 2nd-Century pottery and iron nails have been turned up in the interior proving occupation during the early-Roman period at least, and traces of internal stone-built structures may indicate continued occupation. If a military enclosure is indicated, there is sufficient room here to have housed an entire regiment of foot-soldiers, a cohors peditata quingenaria containing a nominal 500 men, probably engaged in policing the river-crossing.

See: Shropshire Sites and Monuments Record (PRN 00045, 2002)
Link to maps of the area from: StreetMap Old-Maps MultiMap
Page Citation: Kevan White (2018) "Roman Britain: DUNCOT"