The R.I.B. lists a single inscription on stone for Bakewell (vide supra), which seems to imply the presence of some sort of Roman military establishment, perhaps a short-lived fort. The dedication is made by the commanding officer of Cohors Primae Aquitanorum – The First Cohort of Aquitani, who are also attested at the auxiliary fort at Brough-on-Noe (vide RIB 283), about 10 miles to the north. The Brough-on-Noe fort is only just large enough to contain half of this unit, and it is possible that a similarly sized fort was built here at Bakewell to house the remaining half of the regiment. If this is the case, then the fort may have been occupied for a short period sometime during the 150AD’s, a time when the Brigantes tribe who lived in this area were known to have revolted against the Roman presence in their tribal homelands.
RIB278 - Altar dedicated to Mars Braciaca
CAECILIAN PRAEF COH
References for Bakewell
- The Roman Inscriptions of Britain by R.G. Collingwood and R.P. Wright (Oxford 1965).
Map References for Bakewell
Roman Roads near Bakewell