Tiverton Fort


The site at Tiverton (Devon) was first recognized on RAF vertical photographs as a soil-mark just north of the town (SX 956143), where the narrow steep-sided valley of the Exe first opens out into a broader, if only temporary, plain. A single ditch bounded three sides of what looked like a Roman camp measuring 100 m by perhaps 135 m; but the south end could not be detected. A single entrance was visible on the west side; excavation of the butt end of the ditch south of the causeway found enough pottery to suggest a more permanent work than a temporary camp and to date it provisionally to the mid-first century. Like the fort at Wiveliscombe (Somerset) 18 km to the north-east, this new discovery is sited immediately outside the belt of hills that fringes the Exmoor plateau.” (Maxwell & Wilson, 1987)

References for Tiverton

  • Air Reconnaissance in Roman Britain 1977-1984 by G.S. Maxwell & D.R. Wilson in Britannia xviii (1987) pp.2/3.

Map References for Tiverton

NGRef: SS9514 OSMap: LR181

Roman Roads near Tiverton

None identified