|Roman Fort & Fortlet - Caermote|
|Caermote is located just off the A591 north of Bassenthwaite Lake. The larger of the earthworks is of the Roman Fort on the site, and the smaller earthworks to the north west are from the Fortlet. It is evidently sited to proctect the approaches to the northern lakes. Unfortunately little is known about the roman site, only that it appears to lack Vicus, indicating the fort and fortlet were not occupied for very long. The situation closely resembles that of nearby Troutbeck roman fort.|
Rollover the image to the left to see the outline of the earlier fort in white, and the later fortlet in blue.
The defensive ditches are clearly visible on the western side of the fort and in the eastern sections of the northern and southern defences. It is clear that the double foss runs between the north west corner and the northern gate and from the south west corner to the southern gate. Along the Western defences, it is clear that there was a double ditch defending the larger fort but this was altered to provide a single ditch to defend the south of the smaller fort. It appears from the geophysics that the ditch of the larger fort remains unbroken, despite alterations, for the full western length of the fort. Perhaps a single ditch was adequate to defend the south of the smaller fort because the outer defences of the earlier and larger fort were still maintained?
Unfortunately, a high level of disturbance in the north east of the fort makes it difficult to determine the nature of the defences. The geophysics shows no indication that the double-fosse continues eastwards of either the northern or southern gates. This may be because the natural fall of the land to the east makes the eastern rampart a far more formidable defensive bank than is possible in the West. A double foss on the eastern defenses may therefore have been unnecessary.
Roman roads can clearly be seen running through both of the forts in a north south and east west directions.
|The above picture is an old map from 1902 excavations, not from the modern survey.|
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