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Masterplan to put Cirencester Roman Amphitheatre "back on the map"

By Michael_Yong  |  Posted: June 25, 2014

Cirencester Roman Amphitheatre

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A vital part of Cirencester’s Roman history is set to be given a revamp.

Cirencester Town Council, together with Friends of Amphitheatre, Querns Wood and IV Acre Field (Aqiva) and other stakeholders have come up with a masterplan to ensure the amphitheatre complex becomes a key part of the town’s tourism map.

The amphitheatre is one of the best preserved structures of its type in the UK, and the second largest.

The entire complex includes the amphitheatre, Querns Wood, Long Barrow, an 18th century obelisk, Four Acre Field, a scout hut and two car parks.

But due to a long-term lack of funding, the complex has since fallen to the back of people’s minds, attracting only a handful of visits each year.

But the town council is hoping they can turn that around.

Residents are now invited to comment on the plans, which are on display at Bingham House in Dyer Street.

Andrew Tubb, chief executive officer at the town council, said: “This 10-year masterplan presents a significant opportunity to create and sustain a living legacy that will reconnect the amphitheatre with the local community and make it a regional and national destination.

“The amphitheatre is one of the finest in Britain, and is a treasure waiting to be rediscovered.

“Roman Cirencester, or Corinium Dobunnorum as it was know, was the second largest town in Roman Britain and as such had one of the largest amphitheatre.

“Today, much of the Roman story is visible or preserved under the modern town.

“For hundreds of years land in and around Cirencester has evolved through a plethora of ownerships all managed in different ways and to differing standards, leading to a situation where open spaces have been disconnected from the heart of respective communities.”

The plans hopes to see the complex become a “must see” destination for visitors by 2025.

The team will now look to engage with the community, improve access and parking and put up signs to the amphitheatre as part of the plans.

The completed masterplan will be recommended to council at their public meeting on July 29 for formal adoption along with a timeline, costs and funding strategy.

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  • DEvans  |  June 25 2014, 5:05PM

    Crikey - i am amazed to see this hidden under earth and Grass What have they been doing there all these years?