Roman Fort makeover

A little known Roman Fort near Alston in Cumbria is to be turned into a visitor attraction.

Alston Roman Fort: Full report

A Roman Fort in Alston is said to be possibly the best preserved example of Roman architecture in Europe. That is probably because it's been untouched since the Romans left.

Whitley Castle also known as Epiacum is a fort some way from Hadrian's Wall halfway down the South Tyne Valley.

The ancient monument lies on private farmland near Alston and until recently was visited only by sheep.

But now thanks to Heritage Lottery funding there are plans to uncover the site and maybe even set up a visitor centre.

Andy Burn has sent this report:

Alston Roman fort images

Aerial view of the Roman fort Credit: Elaine Edgar

A little known Roman fort near Alston in Cumbria is going to be made into a visitor attraction.

Whitley castle, or Epiacum to give it the Roman name, is still buried and has only been explored by archaeologists once. That was a small dig in 1957.

A team of volunteers are going to work to breath new life into the fort, whose foundations are preserved.

The Roman fort Credit: Elaine Edgar

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New life for Roman fort

A little known Roman fort near Alston in Cumbria isgoing to be made into a visitor attraction.

Whitley castle, or Epiacum to give it the Roman name. is still buried and has onlybeen explored by archaeologists once. That was a small dig in 1957.

A team of volunteers is going to work to breath new life into the fort, whose foundations are preserved.