Slack Roman fort

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Slack Roman fort
Slack Roman fort is located in West Yorkshire
Slack Roman fort
Location within West Yorkshire
General information
Architectural style Roman fort
Town or city Outlane
West Yorkshire
Country England
Coordinates 53°39′14″N 1°52′19″W / 53.654°N 1.872°W / 53.654; -1.872Coordinates: 53°39′14″N 1°52′19″W / 53.654°N 1.872°W / 53.654; -1.872
Completed AD 79

Slack Roman fort, a castellum in Roman Britain, was located near Outlane, to the west of Huddersfield in Kirklees, West Yorkshire. The fort is no longer visible but its site is a scheduled monument.[1] The fort lay alongside the Pennine section of the Roman road from Deva Victrix (Chester) to Eboracum (York). It has been suggested that the fort was possibly named Cambodunum.

Archaeological digs reveal the fort, constructed of turf and wood, was built to defend the Roman road in the time of Agricola in AD 79.[1] Outside the fort walls was a stone bath-house which was extended in AD 104 and AD 120. A vicus or small settlement of wooden huts grew outside the fort.[2][3]


The site was excavated in 1865 by George Lloyd who discovered a bath house with walls 3 feet (0.91 m) thick, a red tiled floor and a hypocaust, silver coins from the reigns of Vespasian and Nerva and a gold ring.[4]


  1. ^ a b Camulodunum,, retrieved 10 September 2013 
  2. ^ Monument No. 47487,, retrieved 10 September 2013 
  3. ^ The Romans in West Yorkshire Slack, West Yorkshire Joint Services, retrieved 12 September 2013 
  4. ^ Leeds Mercury Saturday 25 November 1865: Antiquarian discoveries near Huddersfield