Early History - Roman Times

Roman Coins had been found in the Church Yard - but unfortunatley lost in the Church
The Early History of Whalley - Roman Times

There was no evidence that Whalley was a place of any importance during the Roman occupation of Britain and more locally Ribchester. However the Roman road can be traced from the northern boundary of the parish near Little Mitton to the Roman Fort of Ribchester.

Evidence has also been found at the churchyard in Whalley of Roman coins, but unfortunatley these have been lost in the church.  Also a large block of stone on the south side of the tower appears to exhibit Roman tooling, and another mentioning Flavius, now forming the arch over the inside of the north door of the church.

A second stone now placed in the west end of the north aisle, has a deity carved upon it in high relief of Mars, and the stone itself appears to be part of an alter. 
There also is a receptacle, sometimes mistaken for a font, which is a motor used for pounding grain, while certainly ancient, the date of origin in uncertain. It is generally thought that the Roman stones may originate from a Roman structure possible robbed from Ribchester.

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