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Event organised by The Friends of Castleshaw Roman Forts for SATURDAY 24TH JUNE 2017.

This event provides an opportunity to be shown around the fascinating remains of the Roman Fort and Fortlet at Castleshaw, and to see archaeological investigations in action at the site.
The Romans occupied the site for less than 50 years. We now know a lot about the small fortlet established in the around AD 105 on the site of the earlier Agricolan turf and timber fort, but there are many questions to answer about the layout of the first fort which was erected around AD 79.

This is your chance to understand what we know about the site and what we hope to find out through our current investigations.
There will be an opportunity to have a go at geophysical survey and to learn about future plans for this important monument.
Guided walks will take place at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm.

They will start from the public car park on Waterworks Lane (off the A62), near the Castleshaw Centre, Delph. Sensible footwear required.        Map.

Although free you will need to book to secure places on the tours,
please see

  Click the Poster below to see the Blog of the Mytholme Mill excavation
Map location of Mytholme Mill   here

The Report for the 2014 Fort Excavations is now available, Please see the Membership page for details

May 2014

The Friends of Castleshaw Roman Forts were awarded a major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support its research into the area's Roman history. We were given 70,100 to carry out a fresh excavation of the site.

This has been concluded, please see the blogs to the right.
The final report is in preparation.


Please see the hlf page for further details

See the July 2014 excavation diary at the Castleshaw Blog ...
Plus read all about the Castleshaw Roman Day Conference....
And the Mytholme Mill investigation in Blog2

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Castleshaw through the ages ... press the buttons below the map.



The above gives a quick flavour of the 2014 excavation, the full story is on the blog ..
with additional pictures and comments on Facebook
And have a look at the stunning aerial pictures from the gyrocopter !


By the 1980s Castleshaw Roman Fort was in need of some care and attention.

While most of the underlying archaeology was still intact the surface was badly pitted and spoiled by centuries of digging by various antiquarians and archaeologists.

A visit to Castleshaw in 1980 was a difficult experience. Visually it was a mess and it was difficult to make out the lines of the walls. The lunar landscape left by previous diggers had been colonised by moorland vegetation and it was difficult to walk over it.

Something needed to be done to preserve and protect what is a valuable archaeological site.

In 1984 a conservation exercise was undertaken on the fortlet. This removed the spoil heaps, reinstated the bank and ditch and conserved the interior of the fortlet.

The main outer fort wasn't touched and still requires a similar programme of restoration and conservation.


Castleshaw Roman Fort Future

The major challenge we now face is how best to enhance the public's experience of the forts without jeopardising any of those factors which make the place so special.

The aim of the Castleshaw Conservation Management Plan is to improve the interpretation of the site and the publics experience of the forts.


This is there the Friends come in ..
With targeted excavations within the fort and the surrounding area we aim to increase the knowledge about the fort and its environs, search for missing Roman features such as the Bathhouse and reinstate damaged areas of the outer fort.
We hope to include the Saddleworth community and schools in our activities, including the onsite work and offsite research into the existing archives and finds collections and bring a digitised library to this website.


We are grateful for the support of the following



In 2012 the Friends Saddleworth Archaeological Trust  (FoSAT) merged with the Friends of Castleshaw Roman Forts.
The Archived website of FoSAT is available
here and includes various newsletters which may be of interest.

The Friends of Castleshaw Roman Forts , 2017


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