When the Romans invaded in 43 AD, they established a network of forts and some of these developed into more established towns and administrative centres. The legionary base at Wroxeter (Vircoconium) became the 4th largest town in Roman Britain. Few structures survive above ground but extensive evidence of the rectilinear pattern of streets and buildings still exist below the surface and the routes of Roman roads can still be traced across the landscape. The Romans brought with them advances in technology and engineering, new building techniques and styles of architecture.

It is from the Roman period that some written records survive in Shropshire in the form of inscriptions. One from the entrance to the forum is in honour of the Emperor Hadrian, but others from grave stones tell us about ordinary soldiers


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