Longthorpe Roman fortress, in the location of the present day Thorpe Wood Golf Course, was built at the beginning of the Roman occupation in what appears to be a hurried way, suggesting that its purpose was to get Roman presence into the area quickly. It sat on a small ridge facing the river, and could hold half a legion, in this case, the Ninth. Despite being built in a rush, it was the only Roman fort in western Europe to have an onsite pottery and it produced excellent quality wares. The Ninth Legion was sent to quell Boudicca’s rebellion at Camulodunum (Colchester) in around 60AD and the few soldiers who did return were badly injured. With too few soldiers to sustain and defend the fort, it was redesigned to a much smaller scale.