The Roaming Romans

Bardo National Museum / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)

The Brigantes were not the only people from overseas that were interested in Britain.

Enter the Romans!

The Roman invasion of Britain was a gradual process, beginning 1,977 years ago under Emperor Claudius. His “Roman” army was actually made up of people from all across Europe, Africa and the Near East. By AD54, eleven years after the Romans first landed in the south of England, they had finally advanced north and stopped in this area. They built a fort at Templeborough (where Magna Science Park is) on the opposite bank of the river to Wincobank hillfort. This fort housed 800 soldiers. Along with the fort the Romans also built the Roman military road that headed west from Templeborough and joined another route which came from Lincoln.

In 69 AD the Romans went further north and defeated the Brigantes. After this, Wincobank stopped being used, while Templeborough fort grew. The Romans stayed at Templeborough, building more houses and expanding the fort, until the the official Roman government and army left Britain in the early fifth century. By this time the local population was made up of a huge range of cultures from all around Europe, Africa and the Near East. These native Britons would now be controlled by the British kingdom of Elmet, which covered much of West and South Yorkshire.

Though the Romans left we are still finding remains of them in Grimesthorpe and Page Hall today, why don’t you see if you can find where Roman coins have been found on the interactive map?

Very worn coin of Constantius Chlorus; 305-306 AD memorial issue. Found before 1925 near entrance to hill
fort