Hindwell Roman Fort
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
More DetailIn 1956 finds of pottery at Hindwell Farm suggested the possibility of a Roman presence here. Aerial reconnaissance in 1973 confirmed a Roman fort, visible from the air by a system of low earthwork defences. The earthworks were surveyed in 1992, revealing a fort and nearby civilian settlement, or vicus, of unknown size. The fort is defended by an irregular ditch fronting a pair of narrower ditches and a rampart. About 120 metres south of the fort the presence of hypocaust bricks and tiles reveal the site of a bath house.
To confuse the architectural story still further, pottery finds inside the fort suggest a date around AD 80, while other finds include a piece of pottery stamped PASSIENVS, a potter known to have been working from AD 55-65, suggesting that the site was built much earlier. Immediately west of the fort lie remains of at least one, and possibly two smaller marching camps, suggesting that the site was used and reused several times.
Excavations in 2011 revealed a section of Roman road heading at an angle south-south-west of the fort. The road is roughly 6.5 metres wide plus flanking ditches, and shows no signs of metalling.
Hindwell Farm is private property, so please ask nicely before exploring the earthworks!
About Hindwell Roman Fort
Address: Walton, Radnor Valley, Powys, Wales
Attraction Type: Roman Site
Location: On the B4357 at Hindwell Farm
OS: SO257 605
Photo Credit: Richard Webb, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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