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Lancaster Castle’s unidentified remains will be investigated thanks to a major cash boost.

Plans are underway to transform one of the ancient site’s most historic areas into an attractive public space. And £60,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Our Heritage programme will be used to further research its Roman relics.

Marcus Johnstone, Lancashire County Council cabinet member for environment, planning and cultural services, said: “This funding will 
improve the condition of the site and help people to learn more about the heritage that’s here.

“It will also help us to gain a greater understanding of the site, through better identification and recording of the archaeological remains and features in this historically 
important part of Lancaster.”

The work will form part of the Beyond the Castle project, led by Lancashire County Council, which will enhance the public areas around the castle and priory, down the hill and over the meadows to the quayside.

A geophysical survey will now be carried out on the site, which contains a series of three Roman forts.

The cash will help produce management plans and conservation activities.

Guided walks and talks, educational packs for schools and art workshops will also be created with the grant.

Work on Castle Hill is part of the city council-led Square Routes scheme to improve streets and spaces in the centre of Lancaster.