Ravenglass Roman Bath House

(See also Ravenglass)

Roman bath house Ravenglass by Malcolm JonesRavenglass served as a naval base for the 2nd century Romans and was occupied for upwards of 300 years. The Roman name for it was Glannaventa. A thousand soldiers were stationed in the Ravenglass area. From this important supply point they constructed a road over Hardknott pass to their fort at Ambleside.

Ravenglass roman bath house by Nigel ChadwickUnfortunately the remains of all this Roman occupation consist of not much except a few earthworks and some of the walls of the bath house (AD 130), which we know as Walls Castle. It stands to a height of almost 13 feet (4 metres) and measures 40 by 90 feet. Typical of Roman baths, it had saunas as well as cold baths.

Location:
Ravenglass Roman bath house is an English Heritage property. ¼ mile east of Ravenglass, off minor road leading to A595. Open site

Photos courtesy of Malcolm Jones , Nigel Chadwick.

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