Monument record LDG 001 - Roman Villa South East of Lidgate

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Corridor type villa with large outbuilding/barn within enclosure. Scheduled Monument.


Grid reference Centred TL 7319 5706 (297m by 304m)
Map sheet TL75NW


Type and Period (4)

Full Description

Villa. Corridor type, large, with buttressed barn and perimeter double ditch. Dimensions on OS card (R1).
Initially identified as surface scatter by landowner (S1).

A courtyard type of villa with an unusually elaborate room plan. There is a detached building to the SE. Both buildings are enclosed within a large rectangular ditched enclosure. Tiles and other occupational material have been found on the site by S West (S2).

1981: Site under linseed crop. Heavy scatter of tile, flint, pottery. Fragment of bronze, twisted, Roman? bracelet recovered also (S2).

1986: Most of site ploughed and weathered at time of visit, the remainder under a young cereal crop. All parts scattered with brick/tile, flint and occasional oyster shell. Material looked weathered and rolled, as if it had been in the ploughsoil for some seasons, rather than freshly ploughed- up. Mr Crisp says that PLUTO was cut through the site during World War II (S2).

Pre 1859: Finds of a small bronze Hercules figure, a handle decorated with four faces and coins listed as from Lidgate, about one mile from the `medieval entrenchments at Lidgate' (re castle)(S3), probably relate to this site.
Scheduled Monument.

Sources/Archives (14)

  • <S1> (No record type): SAU, West S E.
  • <M1> (No record type): SAM file:.
  • <R1> Index: OS. OS Card. OS, card TL75NW1.
  • <R2> (No record type): Antiquity, 45, 1971, 224 (photo & note by St Joseph).
  • <M2> (No record type): APs: (S4)(S5)(S6).
  • <S2> Unpublished document: Department of the Environment. Scheduling information.
  • <S3> Bibliographic reference: Suffolk Institute of Archaeology. Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology. PSIA, 1, 1850, 151.
  • <M3> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. Parish file: (S4)(S5)(S6).
  • <M4> (No record type): Photographs: ABY 16-25.
  • <S4> Photograph: CUCAP. CUCAP aerial photograph. CUCAP, APs BFA 85,86,88; BFJ 90; BJY 26; BSJ 79; BFE 53,54; BFD 46, BHQ 25.
  • <S5> (No record type): SAU, APs AJM 16 & 17.
  • <S6> Photograph: McMasters. Air Photograph. McMasters I, AP, Undated.
  • <S7> Photograph: Farrands. Air Photograph. Farrands RH, undated.
  • <S8> Unpublished document: Martin, E. A. and Plouviez, J.. 1978. Prehistoric and Roman Cropmark Sites in Suffolk.

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Record last edited

Feb 15 2022 11:23AM

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