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Seeing Roman Britain by TR2

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I recently acquired an old book that I had read many years ago while in school entitled "Seeing Roman Britain" by Leonard Cottrell. Some here may recall him. Cottrell was a writer and presenter for the BBC in the '50s and 60s and was a keen student and popularizer of archeology. He also was motoring enthusiast. "Seeing Roman Britain" was just one of series of books that he wrote where he traveled the paths of ancient armies, but in this one he did his travels in Britain in his TR2, most likely in the summer and fall of 1955. In several photos illustrating the book he managed to include his TR2, certainly a sign of a man who loved his car. It has/had the registration 516FMC. I wonder if it still exists.  Anyone know?

TR2-Fosse-Way.pdf

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Hi Andy,

                     handy book to have and a nice photo.

About 4 or five years ago a bunch of us lead by a TRR member, Alec Pringle, had a couple of Archaeology week-ends walking over Roman / Saxon hill forts.

Alecs Friend Julian Richards would pass on all his professional knowledge to us.

Sadly Alec has now joined the spirits of all the Saxon and Roman inhabitants. But Alec and Julian gave us some wonderful memories.

 

Roger

 

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1 hour ago, Andy303 said:

. It has/had the registration 516FMC. I wonder if it still exists.  Anyone know ?

Andy

it doesn’t seem to appear on the public access DVLA database :(

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Here is another that I scanned, from the County Durham, not far from Hadrian's Wall. I forgot to mention that the book was published in 1956 (its as old as I am then).  I found a copy by a simple Google search. Cottrell wrote the book very much as a driving itinerary and he took his TR in some pretty dodgy lanes probably better suited to a Land Rover.

it would make a dream vacation for me to hire a TR and try to retrace some of his routes. where the modern roads deviate you can easily see the outlines of the Roman roads in Google earth. Fascinating stuff.

TR2-Ebchester.pdf

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Thanks for that, just ordered a copy for £4.60 all in  :)

Bob.

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Just finished reading this book, while on holiday. Would love to find the time to retrace some of his journey around Britain

 In the TR of course !

Bob.

 

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Interesting. My wife and I are archaeology/history enthusiasts and have travelled much of Britain, France, Italy, Croatia and Greece exploring Roman and earlier sites. A love of old cars, old buildings and history seems to run a theme here.

Some of our highlights were a great week in York volunteering on a dig, a week on the outer Hebrides, exploring ancient Ireland and exploring Roman Italy avoiding the tourist sites.

Do all the editions of this book feature the TR2?

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Mine is a 1st edition I think, as it has no indications otherwise. It contains many photos, two of them have the TR in them

Bob.

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On 10/19/2019 at 1:29 AM, Lebro said:

Mine is a 1st edition I think, as it has no indications otherwise. It contains many photos, two of them have the TR in them

Bob.

Just two, which I have posted above. But still worth a read.

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You could have had mine, I've read it now !

Bob.

 

P.S.  It's quite a "hard" read,  but may suit you very well, as you could drive all around Britain, following in his footsteps.

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I too, made an impulse internet purchase of this small tome.1994 edition I think, and cost £2.56

inc. postage!Had a quick read thru, still has the 2 TR photos.

Shall wrap and give to my youngest boy, whose doing an MA in History, for Xmas.

Sorted!

Roger M-E

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