Ancient history

Oxenton has existed since the Iron Ages, where a hillfort was situated on the peak of Oxenton Hill - the isolated and steep nature of the hill made it an ideal position for one.  

When the Romans invaded Britain, they also used the hill as the site for a fort, though not quite where the hillfort was.  This fort supported various legions and auxilliaries.

You can see the remnants of both of these today by following the short footpath up the hill.

Christianity came to Glouucestershire in the 600s, and a monastery was built down the hill from Oxenton fort, where a small town had appeared.  Oxenton fort was rebuilt to follow more modern designs, and became important militarily.