Rockbourne Roman Villa, Fordingbridge

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#4 of 11 in Historic Sites in New Forest National Park Hampshire
Rockbourne is near Fordingbridge in a picturesque and peaceful part of Hampshire close to the New Forest. The Roman villa once stood in the centre of a large farming estate, and is the largest known villa in the area. Its history spans the period from the Iron Age to the 5th century AD.

The villa includes bath houses, living quarters, farm buildings and workshops. You can see the best mosaics, part of the underfloor heating system and the outline of the villa's forty rooms.

Rockbourne Roman villa was discovered in 1942, when oyster shells and tiles were found as a ferret was being dug out of a rabbit warren. Mr A T Morley Hewitt recognised the significance of the finds and dug a trial excavation, coming straight down onto a mosaic floor. As it was wartime, Morley Hewitt bought the land, and large scale digging didn’t start until 1956. Thereafter, summer excavations took place until 1978 and further work accompanied the relaying of mosaics in 1982.
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  • This is somewhat off the beaten track and is only a small attraction, nevertheless there is a lot of information available in the small museum dedicated to the finder and from the volunteer guides. Wo...  more »
  • An interesting site with a fascinating story. A large car park, informative museum display, and some childrens' activities, such as coin rubbing, and dressing as a roman. The villa itself is mostly ou...  more »
  • We spent a delightful hour and half here. This is only a small site but what it lacks in size was made up for by the detailed information on display and available from a knowledgeable and enthusiastic...  more »
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  • Very knowledgeable and Enthusiastic staff at this historic site will allow you to trudge through the local history.
  • Great little venue. Staff are really helpful and informative. There is not a great deal to see here so drive too far of the beaten track however it you are in the area then drop by and make the most of the history. The story of how it was found is great. Lots of activities for kids also.
  • Peaceful...a little gem in the countryside. A quick outing in a tranquil setting. Well thought out little museum. Enjoyed my visit and was able to picnic outside.
  • They charged a bit much for not much to see however, it's a very interesting site of Roman influence
  • A tiny well hidden gem.

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