Derbyshire was the geographical centre of Roman Britain. Derby, Chesterfield, Buxton and many places in the White and Dark Peaks hosted forts, farms and industries, including home-grown Derbyshire Ware pottery, all connected by numerous Roman roads. Surviving antiquities, standing ruins, field marks and coin hoards are reminders of the intertwined lives of Romans and native people in Roman Derbyshire. Tales of lost antiquities and legends about those left behind when the Romans withdrew, with some suggesting that local dialect words carry a record of a continued Roman influence down the centuries, are also part of the story.
Mark Patterson is a freelance journalist who writes regularly for the Nottingham Post, The Independent, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and the BBC, the BBC/The Space digital arts website as well as magazines such as Living for Tomorrow, Nottinghamshire Today, Staffordshire Life, Derbyshire Life, The Northumbrian, Creative Teaching and Writing. His Roman Nottinghamshire (now sadly out of print) was shortlisted for the Current Archaeology Book of the Year.
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