The year is 110 AD, Trajan is emperor of Rome, Britain is well within the grip of the Roman Empire. In the Peak District the Romans flock to the small town of Aquae Arnemetiae, now modern Buxton, for the healing quality of its natural springs. On the outskirts a small farmstead is thriving on the limestone scarp of Staden.
Along the path leading to Colt Croft there were numerous paddocks, kilns, and small Roman houses. This was the Roman farm at Staden. To the rear of Colt Croft, further along the path, lie the Romano-British fields. This small slither of land was once an extremely fertile piece of farmland in an area of otherwise extremely acidic soil. They practiced mixed farming, meaning they produced both grains as well as herded cattle and occasionally hunted local deer.