Culture Coventry

Lunt Roman Fort - the Gyrus Appeal

Coventry & Warwickshire's best kept secret, the Lunt Roman Fort at Baginton urgently needs your help. Its Gyrus, or horse-training ring, one of only two in the whole Roman empire and unique to Britain is severely dilapidated and if urgent renovation is not undertaken, it will have to close.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 AM, 1 June 2011 to 12:00 AM, 1 December 2012

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The Lunt Fort offers a unique insight into military life in Roman Britain. Parts of the Fort were reconstructed about 40 years ago, including the Gyrus - a cavalry training ring. Our young visitors use this to re-enact Roman battle drills and learn how the Roman Army trained horses for military action. We must urgently refurbish the floor of the Gyrus to make it safer to use; unless action is taken the Gyrus will have to be closed for public access.


By excavating old, accumulated sand, gravel and weeds from the Gyrus and replacing with a compacted drainage bed and high quality top dressing, we can enable it to continue being a vital interactive part of the visitor experience for schools and family visitors. We will also replace the information panels which explain the site to our visitors. These are currently damaged and weather-worn and would benefit from re-design and being made more helpful to disabled visitors