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 Cohors Primae Aquitanorum – The First Cohort of Aquitani, who are also attested at the auxiliary fort at Brough-on-Noe (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

To the god Mars Braciaca, Quintus Sittius Caecilianus, prefect of the First Cohort of Aquitanians, fulfilled his vow.
DEO
MARTI
BRACIACAE
Q SITTIVS
CAECILIAN PRAEF COH
I AQVITANO
V S
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