“Very numerous indeed are the Roman remains which have been found in and about Dorchester. The town, as Thomas Hardy says, “announced old Rome in every street, alley, and precinct. It looked Roman, bespoke the art of Rome, concealed dead men of Rome. It was impossible to dig more than a foot or two deep about the town, fields and gardens without coming upon some tall soldier or other of the Empire, who had lain there in his silent, unobtrusive rest for a space of fifteen hundred years”. In the museum are piles of Roman relics. The town itself still conforms to the lines laid down by the builders from Rome – a town of four main streets, North, South, East, and West”.
Sir Fredrick Treves, “Highways & Byways in Dorset“.