Ancient site with underfloor heating reopens
A Roman fort in County Durham has reopened for the summer, allowing visitors to see some of the most well-preserved underfloor heating systems here in the UK.
Today, many homeowners are opting for the luxury comforts and energy savings offered by an underfloor heating system, but the Romans were wise to the idea long ago and are credited with its invention.
Cared for by the local authority, Durham County Council, the fort located in Bishop Auckland’s outskirts was once counted among the greatest military installations held by the Romans in northern Britain. Due to its size, the fort had two dedicated bathhouses which served the Roman army’s auxiliary cavalry. The first bathhouse features the aforementioned underfloor heating system – or hypocaust, as the Romans called it – and is situated within the fort’s boundaries. The second structure based outside is even more intact with walls still in place over six feet above the ancient building’s floor level.
Councillor Elizabeth Scott of Durham County Council recently commented on the historical site’s welcome return as a local attraction:
“We are delighted to be reopening Binchester Roman Fort for the public. The site has huge historical significance to the county and is a fascinating insight into what life was like in Roman times.”
Although like many public places across the UK it has been closed in line with government restrictions, the historic fort in County Durham will now be opening its doors from 10:00 am until 4:30 pm each day until October.