Alcester Fort

Fort and Town

Alcester – Alencestre – The Roman Fort on the River Alne

A suspected Roman fort was located on aerial photographs in the 1960’s lying on a ridge around one kilometre to the south-east of the known Roman settlement. This site on Primrose Hill overlooks both the confluence of the River Arrow with the River Alne, also the junction of Ryknield Street with the road south from the Roman settlement at Salinae (Droitwich Spa), known as the Salt Way after the main export from the area in Roman times. Items of bronze were recovered during field-walking on the Primrose Hill site, including a harness ring with a masked loop typical of those used by auxiliary cavalry, and the earliest occupation date based on these findings appears to be Flavian.

Other Roman Sites in the Neighbourhood

Aside from the settlement and forts at Alcester, there is a Roman marching camp about five miles to the west along the line of the Droitwich road at Shurnock, near Inkberrow in Worcestershire.

References for Alcester

  • An Insect Fauna from the Roman Site at Alcester, Warwickshire, by P.J. Osborne, in Britannia ii (1971) pp.156-165;
  • Britannia ii (1971) p.262;
  • Department of the Environment – Archaeological Excavations (DoE. A.E.; 1969 & 1970).
  • An Insect Fauna from the Roman Site at Alcester, Warwickshire, by P.J. Osborne, in Britannia ii (1971) pp.156-165;

Map References for Alcester

NGRef: SP0857 OSMap: LR150

Roman Roads near Alcester

N (17) to Metchley (Metchley, Birmingham) W (14) to Droitwich (Droitwich Spa, Hereford & Worcester) E (7) to Tiddington Ryknild Street: SSE (24) to Bovrton (Gloucestershire) Salt Way: W (5) to Shvrnock