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The remains of Roman town houses have been found in Gloucester’s Blackfriars area as part of an archaeological dig being carried out by the city council.

The remains of large Roman town houses have been found at the archaeological dig currently taking place at Blackfriars. The dig, in the area of Bearlands car park near Ladybellegate Street, has uncovered a large Roman town house close to previous remains of similar buildings, implying that it was once an affluent place to live in the city.

The remains of the town house are large and centred around courtyard; it is believed that it is part of a similar building found further north of the area in the 1980’s. At first investigation, it appears the house dates from around 300 AD, or possibly later.

The dig at Blackfriars will see seven trenches made. With only one more to be dug, other findings have included Medieval remains, the western defensive bank of the Roman fortress (which dates from around 65-70 AD), and further remains of Roman buildings.

This archaeological dig is taking place as part of the redevelopment of the Quays and Blackfriars. From an archaeological point of view, Blackfriars and the Quay are important parts of the city that can teach us about the history of Gloucester. The area includes the south-west corner of the Roman city of Glevum, the site of the Norman castle (the Old Castle) and the site of the medieval castle (the New Castle).

Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council and cabinet member for regeneration, said: “It’s amazing to see small insights into what Gloucester was like centuries ago. These remains mark a point in our history and I think it’s important that we acknowledge them and learn as much from them as possible.”

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