Norfolk's hidden Roman Town to be Protected.
11th July 2011
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We have run netwalks at Caistor St Edmund and occasionally go there for a stroll.  This is the Caistor St Edmund just off the A47 near Norwich - rather than the Caistor near Great Yarmouth.

Although not much can be seen above ground, there are sign posts along the way with information about what the town would have been like. There is also a lovely walk on the hill above the site.

It is amazing that there was such a huge town there at one point - and what amazed me more when I first came here, was that I didn't know about it. I found it by accident because I'm inquisitive.

There has been a bit more publicity now, since the Time Team filmed there, and now that it has received extra funding.

In order to protect the site for future generations, the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) has announced a £374,000 grant. This adds to the support that the Archeological Trust is receiving from English Heritage and South Norfolk Council.

The Roman site (Venta Icenorum) is one of only three Roman regional centres in Britain that has not been built over.

There is evidence that the site was occupied into the Anglo-Saxon period.

The funding will help to buy a piece of land which adjoins the existing site. This means that the two parts of the site will be re-connected, enabling the public to have full access, and protecting the site from permanent damage.

It's a great place to go for a walk and find out about some local history at the same time.

Just up the road from the Roman Remains, is Caistor Hall Hotel - a lovely place, with large grounds - perfect for snacks in the garden in good weather, a Fine Dining Restaurant for smarter dining, a bar and bar menu, afternoon tea with delicious cakes. Equally, you're welcome to just pop in and sit in the library or courtyard with a coffee.

If you're staying overnight, this is the perfect place to stay.

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