Lunt Roman Fort's gatehouse in Coventry is re-opening  - The Coventry Observer

Lunt Roman Fort's gatehouse in Coventry is re-opening 

Holly Clement 20th Jun, 2024   0

THE VIEWING platform at the top of Lunt Roman Fort’s gatehouse in Coventry is reopening for the first time in a decade at a festival on the outskirts of the city.

The 30ft viewing platform is reopening on August 3 and 4 for the Roman festival – which is aiming for a record number of attendance.

Renovations have been carried out providing access to the top of the gatehouse 50 years after it was first reconstructed in 1974.

It marks the spot where a similar structure would have been for Romans to guard the site – it is the only partially-reconstructed turf and timber Roman cavalry fort in the country.

The fort is also home to the Gyrus – a structure which is believed to have been used for training cavalry – not found in any other Roman fort.

The Gyrus will see horse-mounted battle reenactments thanks to ARC Cavalry.

At the festival there will be other reenactments performed by costumed interpreters from Britannia and the Vicus – who have appeared in films and TV shows such as Gladiator and Horrible Histories.

Interactive History Village will give visitors the chance to watch ways that the Romans made bread, jewellery and painting using earth pigment.

Lisa Ford, head of learning and engagement at CV Life, said: “The gatehouse is such a symbolic part of the Lunt Roman Fort, as it was the original column posts of this structure that led to the whole site initially being discovered in Baginton – so we’re delighted to have it back operating to its full potential.

“This year’s festival is going to be bigger and better than ever, as not only will visitors now be able to take in panoramic views of Coventry and Warwickshire just like the Romans would have done to keep watch out for the enemy, but they will also be able to see accurate reenactments of cavalry battles too.

“The fort is only open to the general public during selected days in the school holidays, so the festival is a golden opportunity for families and Roman enthusiasts to come together to find out more about the history of the Lunt Roman Fort, and what life was like during Roman times in AD60.”

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