Site of Possible Roman Settlement by Church
The possible site of a Roman settlement or cemetery. Wall foundations and cremation urns were found at the site, which is located near the church in Monks Kirby.
1 Dugdale states that foundations of old walls and Roman bricks (some of which he saw himself) were dug up in his own time near the church. John Morton describes the discovery of some burial urns at Monks Kirby not long before 1712. A similar discovery – or the same misdescribed – was made in 1716, when a dozen Roman urns covered with Roman bricks were found in digging a vault for Basil, fourth Earl of Denbigh. These finds seem to suggest at least the possibility of a villa here.
2 The evidence as stated amounts to a Roman cemetery. This implies settlement nearby, but the walls might refer to an earlier version of the church, perhaps incorporating Roman material.