Within Falkirk town centre, in an area known as the ‘Pleasance’ immediately south of the Howgate Shopping Centre, is the site of a Roman fort.
The fort is now completely built over by houses and a bowling green and there are no traces visible on the ground today. This is one of the most recent fort discoveries, although it had been suspected since the 18th century that there might have been a Roman fort at Falkirk. Roman building stones, hearths, and pottery fragments were all dug up south of the town centre in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Very little of the fort at Falkirk has been identified, but ditches of either the fort or its annexe have been located.
The area of the east gate is represented by three ditches with an entrance gap to the east of Pleasance Road and south of Booth Place. A cobbled roadway ran through the entrance gaps, possibly representing the Military Way as it entered the fort. Traces of timber buildings were located to the east, near the corner of Rosehall Terrace and Cow Wynd, probably within an annexe attached to the east side of the fort.
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