Abergavenny Roman Fort
Abergavenny Roman Fort
A Roman fort called Gobannium was built at Abergavenny around AD 55, between the larger forts of Brecon and Usk. The fort, which occupied the site now used by the car park, was enlarged and rebuilt several times over the next 2 centuries.
Excavations have unearthed remains of two larghe barrack blocks, a system of ditches (on Flannel street) and remains of timber buildings (on Castle Street). The earthwork defences were made of clay, turf and timber.

In 1972 a timber built granary was uncovered. In addition, pieces of armour, window glass, and a large collection of sling stones made of clay were found. One very unusual find was a bronze strap hook used to fasten a sword. This was probably made around AD 50-70 by a local craftsman of the Silurian tribe. Other finds include horse harness, suggesting the presence of a light auxiliary cavalry troop.

In the local museum you can see finds from the area of the fort, including coins and pottery. The Romans seemed to have chucked bits of rubbish over the steep bank at the rear of the car park area, creating a large midden, or rubbish heap.