One of the best preserved ancient monuments in England, and the world, is the still standing wall of Calleva Atrebatum. The Romans had their capital here 1900 years ago and this city was a thriving hub with roads leading to other cities such as Londinium and Noviomagus (Present day Chichester, which still has the remains of its own Roman wall). Calleva Atrebatum was a great city and the walls cover about a mile and a half and are magnificently preserved.
The nearby amphitheatre must have been the scene of some appalling cruelty and it is indeed a haunted and haunting place. When you stand in the holding pens at the side and look across, it is possible to imagine you can see the other gladiator you must face looking back at you. It is also easy to hear once again the roar of the crowds and the screams of the wounded and dying. Interestingly, this tangible presence of past pain and fear still exists 1500 years after Calleva was abandoned by the Romans. There is now no town there at all. Just empty fields, singing skylarks, wild deer and of course the ghosts