- Established around AD 47, the town of Alcester grew up around a fort located on the Roman road of Icknield Street, which stretched hundreds of miles from the North East to the South West of England. Thanks in part to being on the salt route from nearby Droitwich, Alcester developed into a town of bustling streets, temples and workshops. Roman Alcester looks at Alcester's archaeological heritage. Investigations into the archaeology of Alcester began with local businessman B.W. Davis in the 1920's. Recent excavations have revealed much about the area of the Roman town which would have been outside the boundary wall built in the 3rd century AD.