Site of Roman Villa 100m SW of Welford Pastures Fm
A rectangular enclosure and linear features are visible as a cropmark on aerial photographs. A field survey found a Roman building and occupational debris that suggested a prosperous villa, possibly overlying an Iron Age site. The site is situated south east of Bidford on Avon.
2 A rectangular enclosure, partly double-ditched, and linear features show on air photographs.
3 Field survey indicated scatters of Roman pottery and tile in three main areas. 1: Over the rectangular enclosure a scatter of Roman pottery, a few pieces of tile and some oyster shell. 2: A Roman building indicated by much flue tile, roof tile, floor tile, stone and mortar, some pottery, glass and oyster shell. 3: A possible second building – some tile, also much pottery and animal bone. This second possible building may tie in with a small circular crop mark.
4 Extensive scatters of pottery, building material and other finds. This is probably a prosperous settlement, possibly of Iron Age origin, but certainly incorporating a villa in the later Roman period.
5 Finds made by metal detector in 1986-8 include 229 Roman coins, ten lead weights, two bracelet fragments, six brooches, one ring, a bronze leaf and numerous other bronze, iron and lead objects.
6 Romano-British brooch, Half-disc and Trumpet type (Mid C2 AD), almost complete but in very poor condition, found by metal detector.
7 Portable Antiquities Scheme find provenance information:
Date found: 1999-07-31T23:00:00Z
Methods of discovery: Metal detector