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Monument Number 270

Hob Uid: 270
Location :
Northumberland
Rochester
Grid Ref : NT8100003000
Summary : A Roman altar was found at Featherwood along Dere Street in 1914. The stone is 51" high, 22" wide and 13 " deep.
More information : Roman altar found at Featherwood along Dere Street in 1914.
The stone is 51" high, 22" wide and 13" deep. The inscription reads:

VICTORIAE/ET PACI IUL(IUS)/MEPANIUS/......./PUBLICO/
V(OTUM)/S(OLVIT)/L(IBENS) M(ERITO).

"To Victory and Peace Julius Mep(/)anius.......paid a vow gladly
and deservedly". The fourth line is purposely erased.

The altar is now in the parish church of the Holy Trinity, Horsley
on Rede. (1)

Found lying in the grass in 1914 by workmen remetalling the Roman
road close to the steading at Featherwood. The altar can be classed
with the other Bremenium altars. It was perhaps brought thence when
Featherwood was built. (2)

The altar is preserved in the porch of the church at
Horsley. Its face is very worn, and the inscription has become, for
the most part illegible. No additonal information was acquired from
local enquiries, and the vicar who resides at Otterburn was not
available for consultation. (3)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : A history of Northumberland, volume fifteen : the parish of Simonburn, the parish of Rothbury, the parish of Alwinton
Source details : (I A Richmond)
Page(s) : 150
Figs. : 24
Plates :
Vol(s) : vol.15 - 1940
Source Number : 1a
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Roman Britain in 1914, 30 (No 3) HaverField.
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Source Number : 2
Source : Archaeologia Aeliana : or miscellaneous tracts relating to antiquity
Source details : (Professor HaverField)
Page(s) : 204
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Vol(s) : Dec-15
Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 DAD 20-AUG-56
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Roman
Display Date : Roman
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Monument Type : Altar
Evidence : Find

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : NT 80 SW 6
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON NT 80 SW 6
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1956-08-20
End Date : 1956-08-20