Roman Old Sarum, Salisbury, Wiltshire

Roman Old Sarum, Salisbury, Wiltshire
Photograph taken 2003 © Peter Dunn. Source Historic England Archive Photo Library ref: J030094

Aerial view reconstruction drawing of Old Sarum during the Roman period, in c200 AD. Old Sarum was an Iron Age Hillfort. The site was then used by the Romans, who called it Sorviodunum. Five important Roman roads pass or meet very close to Old Sarum. It is possible that the whole area at the east end of Old Sarum was a Roman posting-station (like a modern motorway service area). It was then used by the Anglo Saxons and Normans. The Normans built both a castle and cathedral here in the 11th century. This site is now in the care of English Heritage (2011).


Wiltshire Salisbury


Roman (43 - 409)


iron age hillfort road landscape aerial view prehistoric defence english heritage