Norton 1 Temporary Camp

Marching or Temporary Camps

This large sub-rectangular camp is located just outside the massive NW defences of the later Romano-British civitas capital of Viroconium/Wroxeter, which has partly erased traces of the camps SE defences. The outline of the camp is incompletely known. Only the NE corner-angle has been recorded together with almost the entire N & E ramparts, but only a 300m stretch of the S side and less than half of the W side have been traced; however, the camps original outline can be inferred from these visible remains. The only identifiable gateway lies in the centre of the E side, the opposite gateway in the W side now lies beneath the modern A5 which obliquely crosses the site lengthways. The interior of the camp is criss-crossed by a multitude of features, some of which may be pre-Roman but most appear to post-date the camp. One rounded crop-mark in the NE quarter of Camp-1 appears to be NE corner-angle of another Roman temporary encampment but this has not yet been proven.

References for Norton Camps

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

Map References for Norton Camps

NGRef: SJ5609 OSMap: LR126

OS National Grid Reference: SJ562095
Dimensions: c.985 x c.1,445 ft (c.300 x c.440 m)
Area: c.32 acres (c.13 ha)

Roman Roads near Norton Camps

None identified