Ardotallia

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Ardotallia: Ardotalia, also known as Melandra, or Melandra Castle, is a Roman fort in Gamesley, constructed by Cohors Primae Frisiavonum, the First Cohort of Frisiavones. Evidence for the existence of this unit exists not only from the building stone found at the site but also from various diplomas and other Roman writings. This unit would have had around a thousand men, including the specialist craftsmen needed to perform the skilled work of building the fort. Whilst it is unknown which Cohort actually manned the fort it seems more likely that the 3rd Cohort of Bracara Augstani performed this duty, as they were from a hilly region and so were more experienced in holding terrain such as that found around Glossop. The name Melandra is of unknown origin but may have been originated by the Rev. John Watson, Rector of Stockport, who visited the site around 1771 when substantial stone remains existed.

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Melandra Castle, Melandra

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Address: Ardotallia, Gamesley, near Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13, UK.
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