Monument record LMD 017 - Roman villa at Liston Lane

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Roman Villa at Liston Lane.


Grid reference Centred TL 8606 4515 (179m by 158m)
Map sheet TL84NE


Type and Period (5)

Full Description

Roman Villa at Liston Lane.
A tessellated pavement was cut through by a sewerage trench in a field to the S of Liston Lane in 1958. Salvage recording was carried out by N Smedley for IPSMG (S1).
The pavement consisted of a central area of white limestone tesserae 7.5 feet wide, flanked on either side by 2 feet of tesserae of black bituminous limestone. A red tile, 1.5 feet in length was inserted centrally. At either end, and overlapping the black area for 10 inches, was a quarter-round moulding of red tile, and at one end a line of upright tesserae indicating a wall lined with tesserae - this may indicate that the structure was a bath rather than a room. Individual tesserae were half an inch square and 1 inch deep, set in a 3 to 4 inch thick layer of pink cement, resting on a 6 inch layer of white cement, itself resting on a 2 feet thick layer of flint, which increased to 3 feet for wall footings. In the rubble overlying the pavement was a tegula and a few red tile tesserae. Also found was an angled fragment of painted wall plaster and C1 - C2 pottery, including samian. Divided from the pavement by a more recent field ditch was a pink cement floor which ran for 10 feet northwards and continued under the modern road. A white cement floor was also found 12 feet to the S of the tessellated pavement.
The building remains lay on a raised platform visible on aerial photographs. A ditch forming the S boundary of this platform contained Belgic and C1 Roman pottery (S1).
1981: Site under pasture (S2).
1991: Site shows uneven surface under grass. Nothing remains above ground. Laid down to grass (S4).
For ring ditch within scheduled area see (S5).

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <S1> (No record type): Smedley N, Roman Long Melford, PSIA, 28 (3), 1960, 272-289, photos.
  • <M1> (No record type): SAM file:.
  • <S2> Unpublished document: DOE scheduling information.
  • <S3> (No record type): Beresford M W & St Joseph J K, Med England : An Aerial Survey, fig 104.
  • <S4> (No record type): Suff Pres Soc (Paul Edwards) survey, table of results, 1991.
  • <S5> Photograph: Air Photographs. NAU, TL 8645/JCC 1, 10 July 1996.

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Record last edited

Mar 23 2016 10:50AM

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