NGRef: SX5996
OSMap: LR191
Type: Fort
Probable road: WSW (5) to North Tawton Camp (Devon)
ESE (17) to Isca Dvmnoniorvm (Exeter, Devon)

First observed on aerial photographs in 1971 the Roman fort at Okehampton lies partially beneath the north-eastern suburbs of the modern town. The fort measures approximately 475 by 295 feet (145 x 90 m) between the ditches, which enclose an area of just under 3ΒΌ acres (c.1.3 ha). Trial-trenching across the defences at the time of discovery uncovered 1st-Century pottery and proved the rampart's construction was of clay, further A.P.'s in 1980 revealed a double-ditch defensive system on the observable west, north and east sides, also a number of enclosures in the immediate surroundings of the fort.

The proximity of the station at North Tawton makes it extremely unlikely that the two sites were occupied at the same time, but the exact sequence has not yet been ascertained.

See: Air Reconnaissance in Roman Britain 1977-1984 by G.S. Maxwell & D.R. Wilson in Britannia xviii (1987) p.5.
Page Citation: Kevan White (2018) "Roman Britain: OKEHAMPTON"