Colchester Roman circus for sale

Townhouses may soon cover the track of the only known Roman circus in Britain. The developer, Taylor Wimpey, has decided to sell the land which includes the historic starting gate and Sergeants' Mess in Colchester, England.

The owner had once hoped to restore the buildings, but has now decided that the project is "not financially viable." Peter Herring, a volunteer with the Colchester Archaeological Trust, hoped that a buyer would step forward to save the site. "I know times are difficult, but if you have money there has never been a better time to buy," he said.