This morning I visited Strathclyde Country Park near Motherwell. Here, in 1973, was discovered a bath house close to the South Calder Water and in proximity to the Bothwellhaugh Roman Fort.

The fort was on the line of the Roman road linking Carlisle with the Clyde.

The bath-house comprised a number of rooms: a vestibule, a cold room, two warm rooms,a hot room and a furnace room. The facility would have been restricted to about 20 soldiers at any one time.

After the Romans departed there is evidence that local “squatters” were in occupation with the building a total ruin by end of the second century AD.

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