Roman well found in A46 works
A ROMAN well has been unearthed near Bingham during work to dual the A46.
A heritage group is now campaigning for the historic site to be dismantled stone by stone and re-erected in the town to prevent it being demolished by bulldozers.
PIECE OF HISTORY: This Roman well was discovered during work to widen the A46.
Peter Allen, chairman of the Bingham Heritage Trails Association, said: "We've got a great deal of information about the Roman occupation in Bingham and absolutely nothing is visible, it's all under ploughed fields.
"People can know it and read about it but they can't see anything that's Roman in origin – there's nothing at all here.
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"If we could get this one little thing which was Roman and put it on display it will give people a sense of reality about the existence of the Romans in Bingham."
The Highways Agency has confirmed it is investigating the possibility of moving the well, which is near the Margidunum Island, a known Roman site north of the town, at the junction with the A6097.
A spokeswoman said: "We need approval from English Heritage and also Notts County Council before any discussions can take place."
If permission is granted, the Heritage Trails Association will discuss where the well could be placed with Bingham Town Council. Mr Allen said: "We want to reconstruct the well and put an information board in front of it which describes what Bingham was like in Roman times."
Cotswold Archaeology and Wessex Archaeology are undertaking major archaeological investigations alongside the dualling of the A46 between Newark and Widmerpool in Notts. Work includes digging test trenches. Coun Francis Purdue-Horan, of Bingham Town Council, said: "What it does, is give us an actual Roman artefact that simply brings to life the connection with the Romans in Bingham and further that knowledge and bringing history to life.
"Bingham Town Council will be delighted to play a part in preserving what was part of the way of life around Bingham many hundreds of years ago."
Notts County Council says the discovery will not delay work on the A46.