Roman Cheshire

The museums holds four Roman hoards in it’s collection, the Malpas, Peover, Poole and Knutsford Hoards. These combined make the Cheshire Hoard. As well as coins, the museum has many artefacts from Roman Cheshire, such as jewellery and brooches.

The Knutsford Hoard consists of 103 coins, three brooches and two finger rings, found in 2012. The coins date from 32BC to the end of the 2nd century.
The Malpas Hoard contains a selection of 35 coins with dates ranging between 134BC and around AD50. The hoard was discovered in 2014.
A photograph of the Peover Hoard being excavated
The Peover Hoard contains 6,956 Roman coins marking the reigns of 22 emperors. This is the fourth Roman Hoard the museum has aquired.
Brereton Salt Pan, made by either a Roman or Romanised Briton called Mottio. The rectangular salt pan would have been used for boiling brine to evaporate the water to leave salt crystals. This pan is particularly interesting because it appears to bear the inscription CCC OTHOM XXX. It is possible that this inscription was written in reverse and should read XXX MOHTO CCC. Producing a Celtic name Mottio or Mottius. This person could have been the maker or the owner.
Poole Hoard, discovered in 2016, contains around 1500 'low value' coins dated from Emperor Constantine the Great (AD 306 to 337).