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Letocetum
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Staffordshire
52° 39' 24.8" N 1° 51' 23.4" W
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Letocetum, is located in the village of Wall in Staffordshire and is the remains of a Roman settlement.

Letocetum is a romanised version of the original Celtic 'leito kaito' meaning ' Grey Wood'. It is thought that an earlier native settlement occupied the site before the Romans.

The Roman roads of Watling Street and Icknield Way passed close by so the Romans built a burg, a stronghold or garrison fort to protect the roads. A small Romano-British village grew up along side the Burg, trading services and commodities with the military burg.

A mansio, an Imperial Posting Station similar to an Inn was built as the village grew and became a small town. This provided lodging for official uses of the imperial roads and the guests bathed at the bath house next door.

The name Letocetum eventually became associated with the current city of Lichfield