Penmincae Roman Fortlet


The small fort or Roman signal station at Pen-min-cae overlooks the River Wye from high ground on its north bank, and was probably placed here to guard the river-crossing.. The station measures 140 feet from north-west to south-east by 100 feet transversely (c.43 x 30 m), over the ramparts, enclosing an area of only one-third of an acre (c.0.13 ha). The site was discovered from the air by Prof. St Joseph in 1971 and later investigations conducted on the ground recovered samian fragments including some of form 15/17, which indicates a first-century foundation.

Map References for Penmincae

OS National Grid Reference: SO006539
Dimensions: c.140 x 100 ft (c.43 x 30 m)
Area: c.0.32 acres (c.0.13 ha)

References for Penmincae

  • Air Reconnaissance in Britain, 1969-72 by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. lxiii (1973) p.241;

Roman Roads near Penmincae

Postulated Road: NNE (7.5) to Castell Collen (Powys) Postulated Road: WSW (5.5) to Caerav (Powys)

Sites near Penmincae Roman Fortlet