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Bignor Roman Villa, Pulborough

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Bignor Roman Villa is a large Roman courtyard villa which has been excavated and put on public display on the Bignor estate in the English county of West Sussex. It is well known for its high quality mosaic floors, which are some of the most complete and intricate in the country.LocationThe villa is situated just north of the South Downs close to Stane Street, about 9 miles north-east of Chichester (the Roman city of Noviomagus Reginorum) and the nearby and much larger Fishbourne Roman Palace. It is on the south-facing slope of a ridge of greensand which provided better conditions for agriculture than the nearby chalk; this fact and its proximity to Roman Chichester meant that the owners were able to become wealthy from farming.History and structureThe existence of a Romano-British farmstead on the site by the end of the 1st century is indicated by finds, but the earliest structural remains are of a simple timber farm structure dating to around 200. A four-roomed stone building was built in the middle of the 3rd century, and this was extended before 400 by the addition of a few new rooms, a hypocaust, and a portico that faced east towards Stane Street.
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  • Small Roman villa set in superb countryside. Some wonderful mosaics and great information. Small tea room. Great value at only £6 entry fee but wont take too long to walk round.  more »
  • A good site with some wonderful mosaics. It’s all undercover, so both you and the archaeology are kept dry. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The owners have done a great job with limited fund...  more »
  • Visited with our Grandchildren 15, 12, 11 . And they loved it bought several items to remind them of the visit and continued to talk about it at home A very educational visit wheelchair friendly with ...  more »
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  • Some great mosaics, at a site in the back end of nowhere. Amusing to see a note in a case saying done bones were taken for DNA testing in 1990 and will be back soon. It's off grid, so no electricity and it has a gas powered fridge in the rather basic tea room. Good coffee though.
  • Roman Villas are always worth a visit. This is a 'gem' and well worth seeing.
  • Interesting place with lots of historical details on site.
  • Excellent site, one of the very best villas on show in the Roman world.
  • Britain's Roman ruins and pretty.
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