Old Burrow Roman Fortlet


There is evidence of a small Roman fortlet or lookout post situated at Old Burrow, Countisbury, close to the Devon/Somerset border. This fortlet and others located further west along the coast at Martinhoe in Devon, and at Morwenstow and St. Gennys in Cornwall, are all thought to belong to the early invasion period prior to the Roman conquest of Wales, and were evidently built to keep a close watch on coastal traffic in the Bristol Channel.

References for Old Burrow

Roman Britain and the Roman Navy by David J.F. Mason (Tempus, Stroud, 2003) fig.30 and accompanying text.

Map References for Old Burrow

NGRef: SS7849 OSMap: LR180

Roman Roads near Old Burrow

None identified

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