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Buxton, the Roman town centre.

This view is of the exposed high street and market place, it is the windiest coldest part of Buxton center, yet it was the commercial hub of Roman Buxton two thousand years ago.

The original Roman street plan was laid out by the Roman surveyor's using a tool called a Groma, and it is believed the starting point was the paved area in front of the church on the far left.

The Romans chose this spot for commerce because it was the most defensible position.

 

It's not obvious in modern Buxton but this area is surrounded by modest rocky cliffs which are now hidden by modern developments from Victorian times onwards.

My next photos will give an idea of a hidden defensive wall and is just a short walk away along a narrow street just a couple of hundred yards behind me.

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Taken circa 2019