Roman camp at Sandy, near Biggleswade
Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus
Medium: Ink wash on paper
Sandy had been settled since the Iron Age and the Romans arrived here in 43 AD. Its topography, mainly flat heath-land in a river valley, made it ideal for agricultural purposes, and during the Middle Ages the area supported several farming communities. During Grimm's time, new road networks improved communication and transport links, thus increasing local prosperity.