Martinhoe Fortlet


This small, square fortlet situated on cliffs overlooking Heddon’s Mouth on the north Devon coast measured about 82 x 79 feet (c.25 x 24m) and covered an area of 720 square yards or 23¾ roods (600m²). The interior of the fort was taken up by three barrack blocks, two measuring about 50 x 12 feet (c.15 x 3.6m) with officers suites 17¼ feet (c.5.3m) square in one barrack and 20½ feet (c.6.3m) square in the other; the third block was much smaller at only 20 x 10 feet (c.6.3 x 3m) with no officer’s quarters.

There is another, similar fortlet about 8 miles further east along the coast at Old Burrow, and other suspected fortlets further west at Morwenstow and St. Gennys in Cornwall.

References for Martinhoe

  • Britannia V (1974) p.150 table.IV, for a comparison of Roman fortlets in Britain and Germany also Roman Britain and the Roman Navy by David J.F. Mason (Tempus, Stroud, 2003) fig.30 and accompanying text.

Map References for Martinhoe

NGRef: SS6649 OSMap: LR180

Roman Roads near Martinhoe

None identified