NGRef: NZ9801
OSMap: LR94
Type: Signal-station

Roads
Possible Military Road: NW (9) to Whitby (North Yorkshire)
Possible Military Road: SE (9) to Scarborovgh (North Yorkshire)

Sandstone Slab from Ravenscar

IVSTINIANVS P P VINDICIANVS MASBIER TVRRM CASTRVM FECIT A SO

"Justinianus the First Centurion and Vindicianus the Magistrate,ยน built this tower and fortification from its foundations."

(RIB 721; sandstone slab)

  1. Based on the transposition of Masbier to Magister.

A sandstone slab was found in 1774 alongside the minor road from Scarborough to Robin Hood's Bay, about 9 miles north of Scarborough, while digging foundations for the Raven Hall Hotel at Ravenscar. This stone represents concrete evidence of a small Roman "fortification with [watch] tower" on the cliff-top here. The stone now resides in the Yorkshire Museum, York.

See: The Roman Inscriptions of Britain by R.G. Collingwood and R.P. Wright (Oxford 1965);
Roman Britain by Peter Salway (London 1981) p.384 fn.
All translations, including any inherent mistakes, are my own.