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Bakewell Fort

Fort

The R.I.B. lists a single inscription on stone for Bakewell (vide supra), which seems to imply the presence of some sort of Roman military establishment, perhaps a short-lived fort. The dedication is made by the commanding officer of , who are also attested at the auxiliary fort at  (vide RIB 283), about 10 miles to the north. The Brough-on-Noe fort is only just large enough to contain half of this unit, and it is possible that a similarly sized fort was built here at Bakewell to house the remaining half of the regiment. If this is the case, then the fort may have been occupied for a short period sometime during the 150AD’s, a time when the Brigantes tribe who lived in this area were known to have revolted against the Roman presence in their tribal homelands.

RIB278 - Altar dedicated to Mars Braciaca

DEO
MARTI
BRACIACAE
Q SITTIVS
CAECILIAN PRAEF COH
I AQVITANO
V S
To the god Mars Braciaca, Quintus Sittius Caecilianus, prefect of the First Cohort of Aquitanians, fulfilled his vow.
3.  Holder s.v. Braciaca explains the name as ‘god of malt'. But it may be a title drawn from the locality, for Braciacus occurs five times as a place-name in Gaul R.P.W.

References for Bakewell

  • The Roman Inscriptions of Britain by R.G. Collingwood and R.P. Wright (Oxford 1965). 

Map References for Bakewell

NGRef: SK2168
OSMap: LR119
Type: Fort

Roman Roads near Bakewell

None identified