Guilden Sutton Camps

Marching or Temporary Camps

The three camps in the Guilden Sutton group were all discovered from the air on 15th August 1995, and are supplemented by another at Hoole, about a third of a mile (c.600m) west of the Pipers Ash camp, which had been discovered during the previous week. All four camps are spaced almost equidistantly apart, about two-thirds of a mile to the north of the Roman road between Chester and Northwich, the camp at Belle Vue Farm being about 2ΒΌ miles (c.3.6km) east of the legionary fortress.

Belle Vue Farm, Guilden Sutton 1 – Aside from the S angle, which lies beneath farm buildings, the complete circuit of this camp has been traced. There is a gap in the middle of the NW side which may be a gateway, but none of the gaps visible in both the NE and SW sides may be positively identified as entrances.

References for Guilden Sutton Camps

  • A Note on New Evidence from Aerial Reconnaissance for Roman Military Sites in Cheshire by Robert A Philpott in Britannia xxix (1998) pp.341-353;
  • a copy of O.S. Landranger map 117 Chester and Wrexham is also recommended.

Map References for Guilden Sutton Camps

NGRef: SJ4568 OSMap: LR117

OS National Grid Reference: SJ441678
Dimensions: c.564 x 390 ft (172 x 119 m)
Area: c.5 acres (c.2.04 ha)

Roman Roads near Guilden Sutton Camps

None identified