Viroconium Cornoviorum – Wroxeter

Roman Wroxeter, near the end of the Watling Street Roman road that ran across England from Dubris (Dover), was a key frontier position lying on the bank of the Severn river whose valley penetrated deep into Wales, and also on a route to the south leading to the Wye valley.

Archaeology has shown that the site of the later city first was established about AD 55 as a frontier post for a Thracian legionary cohort located at a fort near the Severn river crossing. A few years later a legionary fortress (castrum) was built within the site of the later city for the Legio XIV Gemina during their invasion of Wales.

Visitor Tip – This is an English Heritage site and an entry fee is charged for the main baths area. The Roman Villa can be accessed without charge. The full colour guidebook is recommended for this site.

Above: Overlooking the Baths hypocaust. Directly in front the Hot Steam Room (caldarium)  and to the right the Warm Room (tepidarium). In the distance the reconstructed villa.

Above: The sluice and anointing rooms with the Unheated room (frigidarium) in front of the Old Work.

Above: Viewed from the viewing platform.

Above: View of the “Old Work” from the Hot dry room (sudatorium)

Above: The Old Work is a fragment of the south wall of the baths basilica

Above: Overlooking the baths furnace towards the Old Work

Above: Directly if front is the shops area and to the rear the Old Work.

Above & Below: A reconstruction of a Roman Villa

Below: Reconstruction of a Roman Villa