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Roman discovery around the corner

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: February 20, 2009

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A MISSING link in Gloucester's Roman past could finally be unearthed this summer.

Archaeologists will dig Southgate Street and the Kimbrose Triangle ahead of construction of a link between the city centre and the docks, and they could find the last undocumented piece of Gloucester's Roman wall.

The wall, or at least evidence of it, has been found in a ring around the city centre – except the stretch between the corner of Parliament Street and Southgate Street, and the corner of Commercial Road and Ladybellegate Street.

But when archaeologists start in the area in June, they hope to uncover that last piece.

"It will be exciting if anything is found there," said Nigel Spry, of Gloucester Civic Trust and Gloucester and District Archaeology Research Group, who started excavating in the city in 1966.

"There was an excavation in the 1930s but they didn't find the wall."

The work is being done in June so work can start on the pedestrianisation works to Kimbrose Triangle and Southgate Street.

That will form a link between the city centre and the docks designer outlet centre.

This Sunday, six trees will be cut down, then later replaced by five semi-mature trees, to allow the dig, and the pedestrianisation work to take place.

The nearest remains of the wall are inside Gloucestershire Furniture Exhibition Centre on the corner of Southgate Street and Parliament Street, and Blackfriars.

Henry Hurst uncovered the wall at Bearland in 1969, and it runs under Berkeley Street, to the nearest corner of the cathedral, to St Aldate Street, through King's Walk, Brunswick Road, and Parliament Street.

Gloucestershire County Council projects manager Nigel Edgeworth said: "The long-term plan is to feature a public art wall at the site."

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    S, Churchdown  |  February 22 2009, 4:09PM

    This could be a really exciting find and project. Many children in and around Gloucester are learning about the Roman history of the city and the more evidence they have, the more they can relate to it!

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    gran, gloucester  |  February 21 2009, 12:10PM

    Stacey , love, please read it again ......'' minority '', my dear , doesn't mean ''all students '' .

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    Arty Fact, Glos  |  February 21 2009, 11:03AM

    > Gloucestershire County Council projects manager Nigel Edgeworth said: "The long-term plan is to feature a public art wall at the site." Whereas Mr Edgeworth is unmatched in civil engineering, I wasn't aware of his arttistic credentials! Marshall McLuhan said that "(modern) Art is anything you can get away with." We Shall See...

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    Stacey, Gloucester  |  February 21 2009, 3:38AM

    RE: Gran - oh yes, because ''all students'' defaces walls . . . Stop being daft and generalising students. If you care to ''think outside the box'', its 9/10 local residents ill treating places in the city . . .but no, of course not - you and how many other ignorant Gloucester and Cheltenham people put the blame on students.

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    John, Glos  |  February 20 2009, 11:58AM

    Just the treasure I¿ve been long seeking to see once more restored to Gloucester. Such a link will complete our transformation of the nation¿s history and place Gloucester, Cirencester and so many delightful towns totally on the tourist trail for foreign visitors. I looked at Gran¿s comment and her trepidation about the mindless minority damaging the proposed Art Wall. That minority will not be permitted. Do you remember when you were a young lass you would go to church and pray. Maybe it¿s that time to visit the cathedral and spend a few moments praying for that minority of the mindless and for all the people of our city and this nation.

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    Gran, gloucester  |  February 20 2009, 8:15AM

    I can't believe this council is seriously going to erect an ART WALL in the city centre ........at a time when there are proposals for more student accomodation in the same area . That is going to be such a temptation for the mindless minority to deface it ,,,,,,,,,