Temple Or Shrine and Villa
The Bisley villa itself is of the large ‘courtyard’ type, along the same lines as villa’s at Spoonly Wood and Tockington Park.
The Probable Roman Temple at Custom Scrubs
Two votive tablets were found during quarrying at Bisley in either 1799 or 1801.
The first was of a local guardian spirit, the genius loci, which was said to have borne an inscription dedicated to Mars Olludius.
The other tablet, carved of the same Bath Stone, was of Romulus in the guise of Mars (his father), inscribed on the rear: DEO ROM[V]LO GVLIOEPIVS DONAVIT IVVENTINVS FECIT or “For the god Romulus, Gulioepius has offered this, Juventinus has made it.”
Both of these stones are shown above and may be viewed at the Gloucester City Museum.
References for Custom Scrubs
- The Roman Villa – An Historical Introduction by John Percival (B.C.A., London, 1976) p.101;
- The Roman Inscriptions of Britain by R.G. Collingwood and R.P. Wright (Oxford 1965);
Roman Roads near Custom Scrubs