Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Metchley Roman Fort

Metchley Roman Fort was a site for not one, but two settlements during the Roman occupation of Britain around the early 1st century AD. The first and larger fort was 10 acres in area, although with annexed additions it brings this number closer towards 14.5 acres. The fort is thought to have held roughly 1000 soldiers (cohors equitata milliaria) including a small cavalry group (turmae).

You can see remnants of this fort by the roughly straight and distinct corner of a hill near the medical school, as well as a small board full of information on the walk up to university.

Metchley fort sits on what is believed to be a roman road in Ryknild Street, which was a roman road that ran through Birmingham going from Sutton Park in Sutton Coldfield all the way through and past towards Metchley and Perry Barr Potteries. This could almost be seen like an ancient precursor to what is now the cross city line!

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