Ancaster, Lincolnshire


Ancaster, Lincolnshire

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official_name =Ancaster
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Ancaster is a village in the South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England, situated midway between Sleaford and Grantham on the A153 road at its junction with the B6403 (Ermine Street).

Amenities

Ancaster has a primary school, local shop, a butchers', a small train station on the Nottingham-Skegness line, a post office, and two petrol stations. It has two pubs: the Railway, and the Ermine Way, and a Sports and Social Club, associated with the playing field.

Archaeology

During the Romano-British period, the Romans built a roadside settlement on the site of a "Corieltauvi" settlement. It was traditionally thought to have been named "Causennis", although this is now believed to be Saltersford. Ancaster lies on Ermine Street, a major Roman road heading north from London. To the north-west of Ancaster is a Roman marching camp and some fourth century Roman earthworks are still visible. Excavations have found a cemetery containing more than 250 Roman burials, including 11 stone sarcophagi.

A Time Team excavation in 2002 revealed a cist bearing an inscription to the God Viridius. The dig also uncovered Iron Age to 3rd century pottery, a 1st century brooch and some of the Roman town wall.

ee also

*Sudbrook, Lincolnshire

External links

* [http://www.lincsheritage.org/vt/ancaster/c10.html Lincolnshire Heritage site on Ancaster]
* [http://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/ Lincolnshire County Council]
* [http://www.channel4.com/history/timeteam/ancaster.html Time Team at Ancaster]
* [http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/LIN/Ancaster/ Ancaster historical summary (UK & Ireland Genealogy site)]
* [http://icarus.umkc.edu/sandbox/perseus/pecs/page.270.a.php Richard Stillwell, ed. "Princeton Encyclopaedia of Classical Sites", 1976:] "Ancaster (Causennae), Lincolnshire, England"
* [http://www.ropsley.org.uk Ancaster Chilli]
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