In a farmer’s field sometimes referred to as ‘Old Penrith‘, at Plumpton in Cumbria, a few finely-carved pediments (above) are about all that remains of a pair of gate-towers once guarding the eastern portal of an important Roman fort. Guarding a key junction in their skein of roads girdling what we nowadays call the English Lake District.
Voreda, in its heyday, was their Roman name for this strategic site in northern England. Garrisoned by 500 men, with a busy civil settlement next door, their fort’s classic ‘playing card’-shaped platform can be seen to this day. Right beside the modern A6 road at Plumpton Walls, about 15 miles to the south of Carlisle or Hadrian’s Wall.
Whilst ‘Voreda Books‘ are the publishers, and Clive Ashman is the author, of a growing series of historical novels set during those four centuries when the greater part of the Island of Britain counted itself a province of the mighty Roman Empire.