Calverton Camps

Coin Hoard and Marching or Temporary Camps

The Calverton camps are located on a low spur between Lodge Farm and the Dover Beck in fields just north of the B6386, the smaller Camp-2 lying wholly within the boundaries of the larger Camp-1. Another marching camp lies only 3 miles (4.8km) to the north-north-east at Farnsfield. A hoard of 3rd-century Roman coins unearthed in the local area is detailed on the RBO page for Lightwood.

Calverton 1, Nottinghamshire

OS National Grid Reference: SK615508
Dimensions: 920 x 935 ft (280 x 285 m)
Area: 26 acres (10.5 ha)
Description: The larger of the two camps is perhaps the earliest, and has most of its south-west, south-east and north-west defences recorded. The camp would appear to have been almost rectangular in outline but its longer sides both deviated from a straight line, the north-western defences bowing inwards at the gateway and the south-eastern defences bowing slightly outwards. The north-east defences are unknown, but if the gateway gaps in the north-west and south-east sides were placed centrally, this would mean that the missing north-east side would lie down the embankment of the Dover Beck, close to the stream itself but enshrouded in trees and undergrowth.

Calverton 2, Nottinghamshire

OS National Grid Reference: SK615508
Dimensions: 490 x 380 ft (115 x c.136 m)
Area: 4 acres (1.7 ha)
Description: This camp lies wholly within the larger, earlier camp, but its defences appear much more substantial on A.P.’s and lies on a different alignment. The entire perimeter is known and is irregular in outline, appearing as a parallellogram with long sides on the north-east and south-west and shorter sides to the south-east and the north-west skewed to the west and with the north-western corner “cut-off”, as it were. There are gateways set more-or-less centrally in all four of its sides, all protected by external titulum defences.

References for Calverton Camps

  • Roman Camps in England – The Field Archaeology by the R.C.H.M.E.

Map References for Calverton Camps

NGRef: SK6150 OSMap: LR120/129

Roman Roads near Calverton Camps

None identified