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Chedworth Roman Villa 1 of several

The villa was discovered by accident in 1864, when a gamekeeper found fragments of paving and pottery on the bank of soild which covered what is now referred to as room 32.

The importance of these finds were recognised by James Farrer who uncovered most of the buildings now visible over a period of two years at the expense of the then owner, the Earl of Eldon, who also provided the Museum and roofing for some of the structures.

In 1924 the site was bought for The National Trust by means of subscriptions raised largely by the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society.

Since that time, further discoveries have been made such as a child's coffin in 1935, the excavation of Room 4 in 1954 and a series of excavations by Sir John Richmond from 1958 until his death in 1965.

 

 

With their usual flair the Victorians built this shooting lodge on the site. 

Chedworth Roman Villa 1 of several

The villa was discovered by accident in 1864, when a gamekeeper found fragments of paving and pottery on the bank of soild which covered what is now referred to as room 32.

The importance of these finds were recognised by James Farrer who uncovered most of the buildings now visible over a period of two years at the expense of the then owner, the Earl of Eldon, who also provided the Museum and roofing for some of the structures.

In 1924 the site was bought for The National Trust by means of subscriptions raised largely by the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society.

Since that time, further discoveries have been made such as a child's coffin in 1935, the excavation of Room 4 in 1954 and a series of excavations by Sir John Richmond from 1958 until his death in 1965.

 

 

With their usual flair the Victorians built this shooting lodge on the site. 

comments (15)

Wow - what a thing! How old do they think the ruins are?
Bill Phillips: The villa was built between the 2nd and 4th centuries AD and abandoned when the Romans left this country in the 5th Century...it is one of the largest such villas in England i believe
  • Martine
  • France
  • 21 May 2018, 05:30
Le pavillon ressemble aux maisons anciennes de Normandie.
Bill Phillips: That's interesting Martine
Those Victorians! What did they ever do for us?
Nice b/w, Bill.
Bill Phillips: Made us rich?
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 21 May 2018, 06:10
An interesting place is Chedworth, I have been there with a number of S/Cers over the years
Bill Phillips: Ange and I hadn't been for a few years. It is very interesting
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 21 May 2018, 06:43
We saw some "mock Tudor" buildings in Kent - yes, Chris, Lisl and Alan have been there some years ago - very interesting!
Bill Phillips: Mock tudor houses are still being built Philine!
  • Ray
  • Not Germany...
  • 21 May 2018, 07:21
I like the bench...enjoying itself in the gardens, Bill.
Bill Phillips: A roman artifact that has survived well Ray
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 21 May 2018, 07:35
Very pleasing. Chedworth is somewhere I have visited many times commencing in 1976. It has improved immensely over the years.
Bill Phillips: It has indeed. We noticed a big difference since last we visited
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 May 2018, 10:25
Delightful. I have the pleasure of visiting this site with your no relation, Lisl and Philine two or so years ago. I found it fascinating as did Philine.
Bill Phillips: It is very interesting
Very interesting site, Bill. Love the mood you've given it. Well done!
Bill Phillips: Thanks Beverly. It is a very interesting site and dates back to the Second century
I love the drama of the B&W. What an incredible find! Friendship
Bill Phillips: Amazing to think they found it by accident
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 May 2018, 14:12
What a fascinating history.

I like your treatment, it looks quite other worldly.
Bill Phillips: Thanks Anne. I thought it suited b&w
Probably used stone from the Roman villa for the foundations!
Bill Phillips: I think local farmers had nicked a lot of it centuries earlier. But it wouldn't surprise me
this Victorian house and lodge was a great find and well photographed Bill... the b&w works for this shot....petersmile
Bill Phillips: That is just a hunting lodge Peter
Do you mean everything was once underground, even the building?
Bill Phillips: When the villa was abandoned in the 5th century as the romans left Britain it fell into disuse and a lot of the building material were removed by local people farmers mainly I imagine and what was left disappeared into the ground. covered by the centuries. You will see some more of what has been uncovered n the next few days Mary
An interesting place, no doubt the archeologists really enjoyed themselves. But why build a lodge in the middle of it!
Bill Phillips: and are still enjoying themselves. The Victorians were a law unto themselves Brian grin....a bit like Chad

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