Fort and Major Settlement

The Auxiliary Fort

The fort (SJ541416), which can be tentatively dated to c.51/2AD, formed part of the border established by Ostorius Scapula and was demolished cAD100.

The Civil Settlement

Several timber-framed buildings of industrial character were established by mid 2nd century, suggesting a civil settlement. Two early 2nd century wells with small, rectangular buildings and surrounding fences at the well-head, were both filled-in by the end of the 2nd century. Substantial stone buildings were constructed in the late 2nd to 3rd centuries, when the prosperity of the town was at its height. Smaller stone buildings with associated timber out-houses were being built predominantly by the beginning of the 4th century.

Roman Sites in the Neighbourhood

The vexillation fortress and fort at Rhyn Park lies about fifteen miles to the west, on the border between England and Wales. There is also a Romano-British courtyard villa at Hales, around twelve miles to the south-east in Staffordshire.

References for Mediolanvm

  • Roadside Settlements in Lowland Roman Britain by Roger Finch Smith (B.A.R. British Series #157, 1987) p.302.

Roman Roads near Mediolanvm

NNW (8) to Bovivm NE (20) to Middlewich SE (30) to Pennocrvcivm (Water Eaton, South Staffordshire) S (10) to Rvtvnivm (Harcourt Park, Shropshire)