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Pre-Hadrianic bath house

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Pre-Hadrianic bath house

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This bathhouse served the pre-Hadrianic fort and its erection is probably referred to in a tablet. It sits on the south-eastern margin of the site, on the edge of the steep slope leading to the stream. The boulder clay here was cut back to allow for the foundations to be inserted. Unlike the other early fort buildings it was constructed of brick and tile, although most of the building materials were removed when the baths were demolished in the second century. The photograph shows the foundations of the hot-room (caldarium) and warm room (tepidarium). The brick pillars (pilae) supported the floor of the bathhouse and allowed the hot air to circulate beneath.

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