North Leigh Roman Villa
Posted by: Stretchy123
N 51° 50.184 W 001° 25.556
30U E 608450 N 5744013
Quick Description: North Leigh Roman Villa is one of the largest Roman villas in the UK. It is thought to have been home to a leading Briton who was co-opted into the empire following conquest. It was built in a number of stages between the 1st and 4th centuries AD.
Location: Southern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/2/2011 10:17:01 AM
Waymark Code: WMC70P
North Leigh Roman Villa was built in a number of stages between the 1st and 4th centuries AD, before being abandoned in the 5th century. At the largest extent it encompassed three sides of a square around a central courtyard.
The villa is ruined nowadays, but much of the ruins are visible as is the third century mosaic, which can been seen on site. This is protected inside an enclosed building to avoid damage from the elements. It also protects it from souvenir hunters who apparently destroyed 2 other mosaics on site two centuries ago after the Duke of Marlborough first excavated the site.
There is no fee to enter the site and access is available 24/7. The site is not suitable for wheelchair users due to the terrain.
Access to the site is by way of footpath from one of the nearby villages. If driving, it is easiest to park in the lay-by in East End and walk from there.
Most Relevant Historical Period: Roman Empire > 27 B.C.
Admission Fee: free
Open 24/7, all year.
Web Site: [Web Link]
Condition: Some remaining traces (ruins) or pieces
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