How should it be spelt? It’s a long running debate and we make no claim to have settled on the definitive answer, we did however have to make a choice and be consistent in everything we produce. So, for us it’s ‘Boudicca’ as this currently seems to be the most widely used spelling – our apologies if this isn’t your preferred spelling but as they say “The Editor’s decision is final!”.
The Roman town of Venta Icenorum (which means market-place of the Iceni) is situated to the south of the city of Norwich, close to where the Tas, Yare and Wensum rivers meet. It is generally thought that the town was established following the failure of a revolt by the Iceni tribe led by Queen Boudicca in AD 61.
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Roman Town of Venta Icenorum at Caistor St Edmund
Caistor Roman Town Project
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It is uncertain who built the fort but similar earth-walled forts were erected in the Bronze Age, the Iron Age by marauding Danes and by the Saxons. Other earth forts in Norfolk at Warham, Holkham, South Creake, Narborough and Thetford have been ascribed, with varying degrees of certainty, to the Iron Age but the Tasburgh fort shows little sign of Iron Age activity. Furthermore it differs from the other forts in being the only one in the east of the county and in being distinctly larger than the others.
The section of the Boudicca Way between Burston Road and New Road, Tivetshall St Mary is the spur from the Roman military Pye Road that led to a Roman villa. Local research suggests that it was the centre of a significant farmstead. Of the more interesting pieces unearthed are parts of a mosaic floor and the hypocaust, or under floor heating system, together with weapons, jewellery and coins of both Iceni and Roman origin.
To the east, between the Boudicca Way and Sheckford Lane footpath, is the area known locally as The Battlefield, where it is said that a skirmish took place between the Roman garrison from Scole and Boudicca’s tribesmen en route to sack Colchester.