The ancient Lancashire riverside village with a fascinating past


Nestled in the Ribble Valley is an ancient village that was once home to the Romans.

Filled with monuments and historic features, the picturesque village of Ribchester offers a fascinating glimpse into Roman life.

The village is an ideal retreat for visitors who want to get away from modern life and get a feel for the county’s rich historical past.

There is a wide range of historical artifacts available to see around the village and although this may just be a small place to walk around, there is always something around the corner to look out for. entertain visitors.

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Although Ribchester’s history is well known and loved by locals, the area still attracts many visitors to explore

Here are some of the unique and historic places to visit in Ribchester.

Roman bath

Along the Ribble River, visitors might have stumbled upon the few remaining bricks of an ancient Roman bath known to the Romans as the Bremetennacum.

It is believed that the bath was built in AD 100 and was used for around two hundred years by soldiers stationed in nearby forts.

As visitors ascend the steps to the clearing, a clear view of how the bathhouse would have been laid out can be seen with various rooms and bedrooms still carved into the ground with the original stone bricks. .

The outline of the bricks left painted an image of what the bathhouse would have looked like with different rooms used as ovens, hot rooms and hot rooms and even a medieval well site.

The bathhouse is believed to have fallen into disuse around AD 225, and an excavation in 1978 uncovered several ancient artifacts such as coins, bowls and a brooch.

Roman museum

Further along the river, visitors will find themselves at the Roman Museum nestled between the church buildings.

Many objects from the period are on display in the museum, including a replica of the Roman helmet.

While the museum itself is a day well devoted to learning about Roman history, it is currently closed to the public.

Despite this, it is still worth a visit as Roman stones and columns can also be seen outside the museum.

Pieces of carved masonry and excavated remains of granaries have been placed outside the museum, showcasing detailed craftsmanship from the Roman era.

Millennium Sculpture Garden

As you head into the village, the local park is always a hot spot for families and visitors, but right before the park it can be easy to miss a little piece of ancient history.

The Millennium Sculpture Garden contains a bit more Roman history with a column made of limestone and inspired by Trajan’s Column in Rome.

The carvings depict scenes of Ribchester from pre-Roman times to the 21st century, where visitors can trace the history of the village from the base to the top of the column.

In the rest of the village, plaques and panels are dotted in various places providing snippets of facts and anecdotes from the history of the village.

With the summer holidays in full swing, a historic trip to Lancashire might be the perfect way to spend the day outdoors, learn something new and enjoy the beautiful wishes of the River Ribble.

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