I also wanted to do some research into Roman/Romano British Devon (i.e. 5th/6th century) so a trip to the local museum seemed an obvious place to start.
The Heritage Centre beside Queen Anne Square was nice - but nothing Roman, and the guy inside, while a lovely man, had no idea about anything Roman in Devon. So, instead, I asked him where the old (circa 1720) jail was, as stupidly I couldn't remember.
He didn't know that either.
(more re this conversation below)
|The River Taw at Barnstaple|
So Ron and I went to Barnstaple Museum. Again, zilch.
I asked "Have you any information of Roman/Post Roman Devon?" and was promptly told that there isn't anything as, apart from a couple of marching camps and Exeter, the Romans weren't in Devon.
Hmm. That seems a tad unlikely to me.
The might and efficiency of Rome having nothing to do with Devon, apart from Exeter and a couple of campsites?
Would they leave the north coast unguarded? Were they not interested in Devon Tin (or Devon cream teas and/or cider?)
I shall continue my research. Mind you if there is no evidence for anything happening here in the late 400's then I am at liberty to make it all up in this next novel I'm planning - Foals of Epona.