Walton Temporary Camp 1

Marching or Temporary Camps

The three smaller camps lie just south of the fort at Hindwell Farm (SO2560) between the Summergill Brook to the north and the Riddings Brook on the south, while the larger camp lies on the north bank of the Summergill Brook to the west of the fort. The entire area is packed with archaeology in the form of standing-stones, tumuli, mottes, manses, and the line of Offa’s Dyke passes by about 1½ miles to the east.

Almost the entire circuit of this rectangular camp is recorded. There are gateways placed more-or-less centrally in all sides but the south-west, where the crop-mark features are indistinct. The western defences of Walton Camp-2 lie only about 20 yards outside the eastern defences of the camp and are aligned with them. The A44 road from Walton to New Radnor passes across the north-east corner of the camp.

It seems very likely that the smaller camps at Walton were all contemporary, given that they are carefully built alongside each other, and it is possible that the large camp at Hindwell Farm was also built around the same time, evidently during troop build-up before a substantial push into Wales.

References for Walton Camps

  • Air Reconnaissance in Britain, 1965-1968 by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. lix (1969) p.121;
  • Air Reconnaissance in Britain, 1969-72 by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. lxiii (1973) pp.239/40 & fig.22; 

Map References for Walton Camps

NGRef: SO2559 OSMap: LR137/148

Roman Roads near Walton Camps

None identified