Romans At Newton Abbot

Roman coins were found at the hill fort at Milber indicating a Roman Camp. A road from Isca (Exeter) through Newton Abbot to Dartmouth followed an ancient track way up from Cornwall and crossed the River Lemon at Back Road, whilst crossing the River Teign via Teign Bridge at Hackney.

Back Road, Newton Abbot, Devon

Back Road, Newton Abbot, Devon

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Milber Downs Hill Fort

There was a multiple hill fort on Milber Downs. The hill fort was made up of four concentric rings, which is now bisected by St. Marychurch Road. The hill fort nested on the slope rather than the summit, indicating a farming community that covered ten acres. It is thought to date pre-1st Century BC. As well as Roman artefacts and pottery being discovered on the site, pottery from an earlier civilisation was found and is now housed in the Torquay Natural History Museum, together with a pictorial history in Newton Abbot Museum of photographs of a bronze bird, deer and duck. Romans camped at the hill fort briefly. The hill fort was abandoned at the end of the 1st Century AD.

Milber Hill Fort, Newton Abbot

Milber Hill Fort, Newton Abbot