Pipers Ash, Guilden Sutton 3 Temporary Camp

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.

Pipers Ash, Guilden Sutton 3 is known only from its S side together with both angles but only short lengths of the adjacent E and W defences. There is a centrally-placed entrance in the S. If the camp was aligned N-S, which appears likely, its defences would have enclosed at least 2 acres (0.8ha), possibly more.

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: SJ436677
Dimensions: ? x 289 ft (? x 88 m)
Area: 2+ acres? (0.8+ ha?)

Roman Roads near Guilden Sutton Camps

None identified