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Nanstallon is a small village in north Cornwallmarker, United Kingdommarker, two kilometres west of Bodminmarker. The village overlooks the River Camelmarker and has two routes onto the Camel Trail, one at Boscarne, the other at Nanstallon Halt on the old railway line.

Roman fort

A 1st century Roman fort was excavated at Nanstallon in the early 1970s by Aileen Fox and the late Professor W. L .D. ‘Bill’ Ravenhill. Until recently (2007) it was the second Roman fort in Cornwall but following a geophysical survey another Roman fort has been found 9 km away near Restormel Castlemarker. Constructed c. AD 55–60, Nanstallon fort is situated in central Cornwall near the Foweymarker-Camelmarker trade and communication route.

Nanstallon was probably a forward operating base and was strategically well-placed for a Roman presence to be felt. However, the Roman Legion at Exetermarker was withdrawn c. AD 75 and with no Roman town west of Isca Dumnoniorummarker Cornwall settled down to four centuries of nominal Roman rule.

Football

Nanstallon United Youth Football Club was the creation of Stephen Mills in 1988 in aid of the local children in the village after he saw the local school lose to St Maybn school. It began as simple training sessions with occasional matches against other local village teams. The ex-Liverpool and England left back Alan Kennedy attended an early training session in 1989 whilst on Holiday in the Duchy. Nanstallon acquired land off local businessman Denis Webber in Washaway and their first pitch was created, signalling the official creation of the team. With the aid of Richard English Nanstallon entered the Under Twelve Boys league and lost their first game to Charlstown, 33-0 with Tom Scaife in goal (who received man of the match) some of the other players involved were Duncan Mills, Matthew Diggett and Graham Hill. As the club grew in size Richard English was established as the chairman while Stephen Mills continued to manage the teams (now U13s, U12s and U11s). Eventually Stephen Mills parted company with the club due to a clash of ideas over the future ambitions of the club.

In 2005 the clubs changing facilities burnt down and the story was featured on BBC Radio Cornwall. Steve McFadden, an actor in Eastenders (Phil Mitchell), organised a charity match between a select team of Eastenders cast members and the BBC Radio Cornwall presenters. The Eastenders team won 1-0 at Bodmin Town's football ground. The celebrity match raised £7000 for Nanstallon United.

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References

  1. The autobiography of Aileen Fox page 136 (2000) - The Roman fort at Nanstallon, Cornwall. Aileen Fox & William Ravenhill. Britannia.
  2. second Roman Fort confirmed in Cornwall Cornish Archaeology news
  3. Payton, Philip (1996) Cornwall


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