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The Disappearing City

Do You Speak Latin?

The Roman's language was called Latin. Click Here to look at the 'Latin Roots' and see if you can guess the missing English words.

Was This Camelot?

The Disappearing City This is an excerpt from 'On The Trail of King Arthur in Shropshire' - a leaflet published by Shropshire County Council.

Viroconium at Wroxeter was the fourth largest city in Roman Britain. Archaeological excavations reveal that shortly after the departure of the Romans, and while civilisation was collapsing elsewhere in Britain, Viroconium was rebuilt in a highly sophisticated fashion. On the site of the Roman baths complex, elaborate classical buildings surrounded a massive winged mansion. This remarkable fifth-century city may well have been the capital of Arthurian Britain, the classical mansion possibly the seat of King Arthur himself.

Lots of other places around the country claim to be the home of Arthurian legend. Are you convinced that Arthur lived in Shropshire? Why do so many places claim to be Arthur's home?

Town Planning

Viroconium was a massive Roman City built on a typical square grid pattern of interlocking streets centred around the forum and the baths. What is the street plan of the place where you live? If you could design the perfect city, how would you arrange the roads?


All the birds in this painting are House Sparrows, but the two carrying the roof tiles look different from the two perched on the wall. Guess which are male and which female, now check your answer.


Bird watching can be fun. Click here for instructions on how to make your own Bird Table and watch out for the visitors. Make drawings of the birds that come to feed.

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