Letocetum (Wall, Nr Lichfield, Staffs) is an open air museum containing the remains of a Roman ‘Mansio’ with inn and bathhouse. In the early years of the Roman Empire’s occupation of Britain, it became an important staging post due to its location to the junction of Ryknild Street and Watling Street. These were major trade routes of benefit to military and civilians alike. The staging post fell into decline around the 4th Century AD.
The site is run predominantly by National Trust, although the Bathhouse is under the guardianship of English Heritage. Not far from the discovered location of the Staffordshire Hoard (which is now in the combined care of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-On-Trent) Letocetum is keen to promote its proximity to this historically important find.
On 4th August 2013 a selection of guests will be at Letocetum providing historical talks, displaying artefacts and Roman beauty products. Other activities include metal detecting, children’s Centurion drills, kids’ activity tent, Re-enactors and WI refreshments. I will be talking about research for my first novel, in which this local area is mentioned, and reading a short extract from the opening of my book.
Please come along to see this remarkable site. It will be fun for all the family. Letocetum is open between 11am – 4pm and admission/parking are free. Please note, however, that there are no toilet facilities at this location.
I look forward to seeing you there!
Letocetum, Watling Street, Wall near Lichfield, Staffs WS14 0AW