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HALTONCHESTERS VICUS

ALTERNATIVE NAME:  HUNNUM, ONNUM, HALTON CHESTERS
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The site of the vicus associated with Halton Chesters Roman fort (also known as ONNUM or HUNNUM). The vicus is located to the south of the fort, only the remains of two buildings can now be seen. It is visible as earthworks on air photographs. The east building is 4.5 metres wide and at least 12 metres long, bounded by a sleeper wall now reduced to a turf-covered bank, 0.9 metres wide and 0.1 metres high. The other example alongside is ill-defined and of indeterminate length, the course of its walls seeming to survive as robber trenches, 4.5 metres apart. These two buildings are overlain by the headland defining the north-west edge of ridge-and-furrow. Excavations in 1999 identified stone strip buildings lining the road running south from the south gate at a distance of 240-260 metres from the fort, beyond the limit identified during a geeophysical survey published in 2000.

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