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VOREDA - Ebay of bygone days?

VOREDA - Ebay of bygone days?

Very little survives alongside the A6 north of Penrith to tell the passer-by of Voreda



During the two-day July visit to Penrith in 1889, the Society visited Plumpton and 'the Roman station - Voreda' (Photo 1), often referred to as Old Penrith. The President described 'the camp and its history' and claimed that 'the whole place' would 'well repay systematic and extensive excavation'.

He explained how 'Sir Walter Scott had made it a practice never to pass in the posting days without stopping at it and meditating upon it; on one occasion Sir Walter bought five altars found here, upon which were figures of Jupiter, Apollo, Mars, Mercury, and Venus, and had taken them to Abbotsford, where they now are.' (Photos 2 and 3)

NOTE: Indeed a recent inquiry (November 2010) has established that the sculptures are still part of the collections at Abbotsford. They had been found in 1813 and were published in the 1913 volume of the CWAAS Transactions.

Two of the sculptures bought by Sir Walter Scott.
Two of the sculptures bought by Sir Walter Scott.



Sir Walter, then, had clearly managed to have his purchases safely delivered to his home, and was able to have the pleasure of seeing them and showing them to friends and visitors.

Other 'customers' of Voreda weren't so lucky. The writer goes on to record that 'Other sculptured stones had been taken from the station in large numbers by Sir Robert Cotton; but that celebrated antiquary had had the misfortune to lose the whole while having them removed by sea'.

This trio completes the quintet of sculptures referred to above as purchases made at Old Penrith by Sir Walter Scott.
This trio completes the quintet of sculptures referred to above as purchases made at Old Penrith by Sir Walter Scott.





















































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