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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 and tag us in @NeneParkPboro or #LoveNenePark
Normangate Field is the site of one of the largest industrial areas of Roman Britain and was located on the outskirts of the Roman town of Durobrivae, just over the river.
An air photograph of the regular layout of the Roman industrial plots in the area of Normangate Field. Photo by Ailsworth and Castor Parish Council. Touch the image to zoom into it.
With pottery kilns, iron works, blacksmiths, and food stalls this area would have been busy with people and activity, noisy with the sounds of industry, and very smelly with fumes from the furnaces. The pottery kilns were producing Nene Valley Pottery which had a very distinctive design.
Roman pottery found at Normangate Field. Illustration by Evie Godfrey.
The hustle and bustle of industry served the Romans well, as goods could be transported up and down the country, via Ermine Street, and across the country using boats on the River Nene.
Artis and his workmen excavating a pottery kiln in Normangate Field Castor in the 1820s.
Professor Stephen Upex, Archaeologist and Landscape Historian, talks about the history of Normangate Field.
Examples of Roman artifacts. Can you guess what they are and what they were used for? Touch the images to zoom into them
View of Normangate Field towards Durobrivae from high above.
The areas of grassland along the walk are rich in wildflowers and grasses such as violets and cowslip in April/May. Ryegrass, red clover, birdsfoot trefoil, ladys bedstraw and ox-eye daisy are common in June and July and in autumn you can find carline thistle, and autumn gentian may be seen.
Can you spot a colourful flower?
The Romans invented lots of things that we still use today including newspapers, books, calendars and central heating. They were also great road builders, building over 3000km of road around the Britain, including Ermine Street. The roads connected ports, towns and forts. But without Satnav how did Romans find their way? They installed thousands of stone milestones along the roads. The milestones told travellers which way to go and how far it was.