Now that should get you thinking with a name like that. Calleva Atrebatum also called Silchester it is a Roman Town not far from Reading. The site was founded by the Atrebates tribe in the first century BC and the walls enclosed area of about 79 acres. After the Roman conquest of Britain in 43AD it was settled and enlarged to 99 acres which is where name Calleva Atrebatum came in.
After the Romans left the Saxons avoided the place making there main towns Winchester & Dorchester so Silchester became deserted and left to neglect for a couple of millennia.
Excavations have taken place since the 1890's and Reading University have become involved since 1970. I have visited the place before with my children when they were young but my wife & I decided to visit the place again and get a few photos.
Check the map of the place out first and get an idea of the layout
The walls are on the right here and you can walk all the way round
Lots of wild snowdrops are growing here
This is another of the information boards scattered around the site
This is looking across where the town was towards the South Gate
Where you can see some parts of it still in good condition
Apart from the odd tree growing on it
This is the North Gate, if you had taken this in Roman times you would have gone North to Dorchester on Thames passing through the village I live in
Some information on the gate
This is the west side of the gate
The wall on the east side
A cross section though the gate showing the way the wall and gate was built
You can walk along the base here
Back on top, you can see a lump of ivy growing which is part of the problem causing the deterioration of the walls
Looking back to the North Gate where you can see it curves
Looking to the East Gate
The wall which I think is in great condition considering the age
Another section of wall
Near the East Gate is St Mary The Virgins a church just inside the walls, there is also a car park here as well
Not far away you can find the Amphitheatre with an information board to read
This place I found really interesting, mid you you could fit it inside the one at Pompeii easily
There is a track leading through the centre which passed the centre of the town
Where you can stop off and read about it
And look over at the excavation going on
with another information board
The dig was full of water so it will need pumping out before any more work can be done there.
We did the walls in two parts and after having a picnic walked round to the South gate part way along the base of the walls
which were overgrown in many places
Till you come to near the gate where it is clear
And a couple more information boards are in evidence, one on the local tribes
and one about the South Gate
Which when you see it is a lot bigger than the remains of the North Gate
Looking across the gate to the East Gate
More of the wall which seem bigger on this side
From the walls here you can see Silcheter Church
A Little further along is a brake in the wall where you can walk on either side
From here we walked to the Church where we walked back
St Mary the Virgin from the wall. My wife & I spend a few hours walking round the place I hope you found what we saw interesting.