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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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  • Found it so interesting. There is a walkway around so you can view all the lovely mosaics and other Roman finds. A cafe is on site. Would recommend it.  more »
  • A lovely drive past thatched cottages and English country gardens, then windy lanes to this spectacular site. The mosaics, especially the long pavement are breath taking, and so peaceful a place to vi...  more »
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  • Really good mosaics, including the longest in the country. We took the kids and they loved it. Lois of open space to run about looking at things in. The mazes are good too. The beautiful landscape makes you wonder what it did have been like over a thousand years ago.
  • Really enjoyed strolling around the site.Very peaceful and picturesque. Amazing mosaics.
  • Really good mosaics. Not a huge place but well worth a visit
  • Authentic Roman villa with interesting, educational exhibition.
  • 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.