The Romans began the full-scale invasion of Britain in the year 43CE. By 69CE the invasion force had reached Derbyshire and the Peak District. Buxton, with its warm thermal waters bubbling out of the rocks at a constant 27.5 degrees Celsius, must have seemed like a gift from the Gods among the inhospitable cold rain and mud of the British uplands. Like the Britons who inhabited the peak district, the Romans believed that the water was sacred, or enchanted, and dedicated the warm springs to the Celtic goddess Arnemetiae. Fine Roman pottery, glass and precious coins have been discovered ... (read more)
Bronze bracelet from the Buxton Hoard
DERSB : 9205
Bronze bracelet with herringbone pattern. Found at Buxton Natural Baths in 1975.
- Description: width 4mm; length mm; depth 1mm; diameter 68mm
- Rights: Creative Commons CC BY-NC 4.0 Buxton Museum and Art Gallery (part of Derbyshire County Council)
Wonders linked to this object:
In 1979 a hoard of coins was uncovered during restoration work to the Minerals Baths in Buxton. The coins reflected over 300 years of Roman history - and with it the story of Roman Buxton. Coins were thrown into the sacred waters as offerings to the Gods. They were likely intended to bring good luck or grant particular wishes. It may be that the waters were cleared out periodically, and that the coins discovered are those that were missed down in a crevice at the bottom of ... (read more)