ROMANS HAD BASE AT CHESTER GREEN
AD43 saw the first significant invasion of Great Britain by the Romans.
Derbyshire would have been populated by local native tribes, some of whom already had pro-Roman leaders.
Other anti-Roman tribes fought against this new invasion and it took almost five years for Romans to reach what is now the city of Derby.
In around AD80, they moved to a site on the east of the river and built a large structure which had stone walls.
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The foundations are buried across the area the Romans knew as Little Chester, which stretches from Chester Green to the Racecourse.
After establishing themselves, the Romans linked their various positions across the country with a network of well-made roads, one of which went west from Little Chester to Rocester, 15 miles away, where they had another fort.
In the third century the Romans had a crisis in their economy and their coinage fell out of circulation, hence coins began to be made locally.
In the 4th century Roman civilisation declined. The last Roman soldiers left Britain in AD407. The Roman buildings in Derby fell into ruins.
After the decline of the Romans, the Danes founded the town of Derby in about AD873.