Ambleside (Galava) Fort – Quick Facts
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- A timber fort was first built here in the late 1st century.
- The stone fort was built in the early 2nd century.
- The early timber fort was made into a raised platform above the lake’s flood plain to support the later stone fort.
- Garrisoned by a cohort of 500 auxiliary infantry men.
- The fort was occupied until the 4th century.
- There was a large vicus (civilian settlement) to the north and east of the fort.
- Granaries – the most extensive remains here are the granaries with stone wall and buttress foundations.
- Principia– some foundations of the headquarters remain.
- Main and South Gates– some fragments survive.
- Angle Tower– small fragments survive.
- Commanding Officer’s House– sunken and grass-covered outlines of the praetorium.
- Fort Walls– none remain.