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Retford’s Roman past comes to life

Nottinghamshie Community Archaeologists visited Retford library on Wednesday to give a glimpse of life in the roman era 'Segelocum....Grains of History'. Lorraine Horsley of Nottinghamshire Community Archaeologists with (left to right); Anne Exton, Julie Ratcliffe and Judith Goodall

Nottinghamshie Community Archaeologists visited Retford library on Wednesday to give a glimpse of life in the roman era 'Segelocum....Grains of History'. Lorraine Horsley of Nottinghamshire Community Archaeologists with (left to right); Anne Exton, Julie Ratcliffe and Judith Goodall

VISITORS to Retford Library stepped back in time for a special talk on Roman life in the area.

They had the chance to learn more about the small hamlet of Littleborough which belies its grander Roman past when it was the eminent town of Segelocum.

Emily and her colleague Lorraine from Notts County Council’s archaeology team visited the library to share what they know of this town which once lay on an important crossing point of the River Trent.

They also gave an insight into the archaeological work which has been done there and what has been found, as well as speak about the geophysical work commissioned by the county and recent work with local people to discover the Roman road.

Visitors also had the chance to view Roman shards of pottery for what proved to be an enjoyable and fascinating evening.

Library assistant Carol Wright said the talk was a great success and provided a thought-provoking insight into the area’s rich Roman history.

“A lot of people who came had all been involved in various digs and were really interested in archaeology,” she said.

“I know many of us who grew up in this area were very conscious that there was something there, and I remember us going with school to have a look at it.”

She added: “The talk was really interesting and the audience was extremely attentive throughout.”

“The speakers were so enthusastic and it was a really enlightening talk. Many people also stayed afterwards to have a chat, which was really good.”

The arcachaelogy talk proved such a success that Lorraine and Emily have been booked to return for a further two sessions - both of which are already fully booked.

The library will also host two talks on Chesterfield Canal and stargazing - both also fully subcribed.

To find out more call the library on 01777 708724.

 

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