Our first outing for 2020 was to Caistor St Edmund where we began replacing a flight of steps on the northern edge of the site. The original plan was to replace the most worn steps and install edging for the whole flight to prevent further erosion. However, it quickly became apparent that the steps were in such a poor condition that they all needed replacing. Continue reading Another flight of Steps
Over the past few weeks you may have seen our band of volunteers working away at rebuilding a flight of wooden steps on the northern end of Caistor Roman Town (Venta Icenorum). The existing steps after many years of feet, hooves and paws needed to be replaced. Continue reading Thank you for the steps
We returned to the site of the Roman Town of Venta Icenorum at Caistor St Edmund to build a flight of steps. One of the banks leading up to the walls was eroding through people using it as an alternative footpath and it was decided to install steps at this location. We also removed the old gate, steps and fence that had been closed-off previously. Continue reading Building the Steps
There is a scene in Monty Python’s film “Life of Brian” where the John Cleese character asks “what have the Romans ever done for us?” and the participants proceed to list all the good things that had been provided during their occupation (sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health). Well, they may have done a lot of similar things when they came to Norfolk in the AD60s but one thing we do know is that they didn’t install enough kissing gates when building the Roman town of Venta Icenorum at Caistor St Edmunds. Continue reading Another Kissing Gate!