Site of Roman Settlement to E of Oak Farm
Part excavation of a Roman settlement uncovered various features and finds. These included wells and/or pits containing Roman pottery, occupational and building debris, coins and a brooch. The site is located 200m southeast of the church at Baginton.
1 At the S end of Baginton a gravel pit was examined by J H Edwards, who discovered some Roman sherds in the topsoil. On the face of the gravel pit a pit or well about 0.9m in diameter and 3m deep was noticed. This contained Roman pottery. Well 2, a few metres to the W, was stone-lined, 0.9m in diameter and 4.6m deep. It was built on a square frame composed of four substantial oak beams. Several fragments of pottery, roofing tile, flue tile, dressed sandstone and a mortar were found. On the opposite side of the gravel-pit a rubbish-pit 1.2m wide and 1.1m deep was excavated. The pottery from Well 1 was 1st century in date. A 1st century piece of pottery was found in the rubbish pit, with a bronze brooch. The scattered pottery from the site is 1st – 4th century in date and coins of Nero and Galienus were found.
5 A trench was recently put down in the area of these finds, but failed to locate any trace of occupation. It is believed by the excavator to lie outside the limit of occupation on the plateau.
6 Some of the finds are in Coventry Museum.