Pennocrucium: Roman Penkridge (The Roman Forts)

Posted: August 31, 2015 in Landscapes, Pre-Medieval

Aerial photo of the site in 1971 (J Pickering)

Aerial photo of the site in 1971 (J Pickering)

There are three types of fort: the fortress was for an entire legion (5,000 men) and both Wroxeter and Chester were the closest fortresses to Pennocrucium; the vexilliation fortress, it has been mooted, dates to around the conquest period and was for housing half a legion – it has been suggested that Kinvaston was one of these; the auxiliary fort was for between 500 – 1,000 troops, be they infantry, cavalry or a mixture of the two. Pennocrucium has two of these… what do we know about them and their relationship to each other…

  1. Brian says:

    Great read Paul thanks if I could just ask a couple of things does the present A5 deviate much from the original Roman A5?have any Roman artefacts been found on the A5 (in our neck of the woods)?are any of these sites open to the public?

  2. Steve Thompson says:

    Really enjoyed the study, have you revisited this since the release of the LIDAR aerial studies. Maybe worth another look

    • wyrleyblog says:

      Hi Steve, no, my career took me into archives and history rather than archaeology. I just typed it up originally for putting on a Penkridge site for their lical interest. I will take a look as you never shake off your roots! Right or wrong, just hope a few may have found it worth a read.

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