Footprints around Roman Malton and beyond

Footprints around Roman Malton and beyond

Follow our new blog ‘Footprints around Roman Malton and beyond’ which reflects on four centuries of Roman activity in and around Malton and Norton. The writer is Nick Summerton, already known to those who attended his fascinating talk on Roman medicine in one of our past series of summer lectures.

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Nick’s regular illustrated explorations will range freely around Roman life and influence in this area and its connections in Yorkshire and beyond.

As we add new posts, you can click on the pink coloured links below to view our latest blog, starting with Carausius.

So far in Footprints around Roman Malton and beyond:


There can be little doubt that Carausius was a very shrewd individual. He clearly had already gained the respect of the army in addition to the support of many Gallic merchants. But, to maintain and strengthen his position, he must have recognised the need to do much more… read full blog post

Roman Cavalry in Malton

Malton has enjoyed a long love affair with horses and racing. It was once dubbed the Newmarket of the North and, according to local legend, it was the Romans who first introduced horse racing to the town… read full blog post

The Roman Army Medical Service

The Roman Army Medical Service assisted Roman soldiers using a wide variety of medical techniques and specialist equipment, some of which was used for very specific purposes…. read full blog post

Roman Jet and the Malton Bear

Roman Jet, and the Malton Bear in particular, give us a fascinating insight into Roman life through many items including some highly impressive pieces of artistic jewellery and charms… read full blog post

Petillius Cerialis and the Brigantes

When Petillius Cerialis arrived in Britain as the new governor it was not his first trip to the island. Ten years earlier, as commander of the legio IX Hispania, he had been badly mauled by Boudica… read full blog post

Roman Gardens and Wellbeing

Much like many of our modern gardens, Roman Garden were also designed to be a place of relaxation, that encouraged wildlife, as well as providing food, herbs, and medicine… read full blog post

The Roman Villas around Malton and Norton

It might be a surprise to you just how many Roman villas there are around Malton and Norton – do you know which features define a Roman building as a villa…? read full blog post

The Romans at Cawthorn

Cawthorn Camps covers an extensive area of heathland, and is a fascinating – and enigmatic – site with the remains of a Roman camp in addition to two Roman forts, one of which had an annex… read full blog post

Roman Eye Health

Most of us would probably consider that modern medicine and technology has brought about eye care, and that ‘Roman Eye Health’ and any treatments or remedies probably didn’t exsist… read full blog post

The Fate of The Ninth Legion

There seems to be a great deal of speculation about what happened to The Ninth legion as it moved northwards across England, and then into Scotland, to seeminly dissappear completely… read full blog post

The Fortlets (‘Signal Stations’) along the Yorkshire Coast

Fortlets might not sound like they are really up to much, although these strategic defences were very well built structures that were essential in defending Roman Britain from many attacks… read full blog post

Malton Roman Fort

Orchard Fields is regularly used by locals and visitors to Malton, and although it does have some impressive earthworks, most people would find it hard to know how Malton Roman Fort was laid out… read full blog post

Wade`s Causeway. A Roman Road?

Three hundred years ago it was suggested that a Roman road – Wade’s Causeway – ran from Amotherby over the Vale of Pickering and the North Yorkshire Moors towards the coast, so is it a Roman Road?… read full blog post


Nowadays few people will stop off at Aldborough as they race north along the A1, yet in Roman times it was an important site to stop at for provisions before heading further north… read full blog post

The Malton ‘Town House’

Between 1949 and 1952 a series of excavations were undertaken in the southern area of Orchard Field. A key discovery by the archaeologists was a substantial building termed – at the time – the Malton ‘Town House’… read full blog post

The Roman Theatre of Petuaria

The Roman Theatre of Petuaria has so far been difficult to find, however according to The Petuaria Inscription it did exsist, and this stone was found on Burrs Playing Field in Brough, East Yorkshire… read full blog post