Above image shows Roman wall with St. Nicholas Church in distance..

This evening, I am posting information on Ratae Coritanorum (Roman Leicester) supported by images of remaining tangible evidence in the form of bathhouse remains. here is a summary chronology:

  • Priorto the AD43 Roman invasion, the area was populated by native people known as Coritani.
  • Post invasion two military forts were built. The existing native settlement formed a read made vicus.
  • Around AD80  the area converted to civilian control and a new town was laid out .
  • Commercial activity increased wealth which in turn led to improved quality of housing in early 2nd century.
  • During the late AD130s construction of a forum and basilica commenced.
  • Construction of a bathhouse commenced AD 145-50 and was completed AD 155-160.
  • Underneath the existing St. Nicholas Church (east of the baths) are the remains of a palaestra.

Above image shows Roman baths

  • St. Nicholas Church, Leicester

    St. Nicholas Church, Leicester

  • In the late 2nd/early 3rd century a market hall of basilican plan was constructed.
  • Leicester appears not to have been fortified with earthworks by end of 2nd century.
  • An amphitheatre and theatre may have been built.
  • With rising prosperity, shops were re-built in stone by the early 4th century.
  • In the late 4th century there is evidence of a major fire destroying the forum, basilica and market hall.
  • Roman rule ended in AD 410.
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