Compton Villa

Villa

Slightly developed front wings can be seen at Compton in Surrey, a second-century villa with just one room added at the south-western end of the corridor.” (Liversidge, p.245)

Although classified as a ‘winged villa of an early type’, the actual “wings” of this villa on the western side of the River Wey consisted of a single room tacked onto one end of what would have been an otherwise ordinary ‘corridor-type’ villa, which was constructed of Bargate stone (still quarried near Godalming) in conjunction with flint. Attached to the villa was a typical early-2nd century Roman bathhouse of four rooms; apodyterium ‘changing room’, frigidarium ‘cold room (with cold-plunge bath – pluteus)’, tepidarium ‘warm room’ and caldarium ‘hot room (with hot-plunge bath – calvaeus)’.

There is another villa nearby at Broadstreet (SU9651).

References for Compton Villa

Britain in the Roman Empire by Joan Liversidge (London 1968)Britain in the Roman Empire by Joan Liversidge (London 1968) Britain in the Roman Empire by Joan Liversidge (London 1968)Britain in the Roman Empire by Joan Liversidge (London 1968)

Map References for Compton Villa

NGRef: SU9547 OSMap: LR186

Roman Roads near Compton Villa

Pilgrims Way: W (7) to Farnham Pilgrims Way: E (2) to Gvildford (Surrey)