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Point to the ground and touch the screen to create miniature Roman soldiers. Press the circular camera button at the bottom of the screen to take a photo. Keep it held down to record video. You can share your photos and videos to social media and tag us in @NeneParkPboro or #LoveNenePark
Ermine Street, the A1 of Roman times, ran from London to York and was the main route for Emperors, Roman legions, tradespeople, travellers, and livestock. The road was lined with shops, workshops and peddlers selling wares. Running across the field you can see a slight mound where Ermine Street ran; this ‘agger’ is a man-made embankment.
Ermine Street looking to the north and heading for Lincoln. The roads within the Roman town of Durobrivae are at the bottom of the image and the modern villages of Castor and Ailsworth can be seen across the River Nene to the right (Photo: Rex Gibson).
In the 1970s a farmer was ploughing the field when he unearthed a stone coffin. Inside was the burial of a wealthy woman that included gold, jewellery and offerings that the Romans believed would provide her with a safe passage to the afterlife.
Earrings found in the burial site. Illustration by Evie Godfrey.
Professor Stephen Upex, Archaeologist and Landscape Historian, talks about the significant role of Ermine Street.
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Across the local area the soil includes areas of clay that was perfect for brick building and pottery. The Romans brought brick making to Britain in AD43, using kilns to bake the bricks and speed the process up.
The whole area was the centre of the Nene valley pottery industry which was one of the three major pottery producing areas in late Roman Britain, producing pottery on an industrial scale. After the Romans left, it wasn’t until the 1400s that brickmaking returned. In the late 1800s the discovery of blue Oxford clay sparked a mini ‘gold rush’, with many brickmaking companies coming to the local area.
The Peterborough landscape became dotted with tall chimneys some as high as 90 metres. The London Brick Company founded in Fletton got its name from supplying bricks to the capital, and claims that 5 million houses in the UK are built using Fletton brick.