Long Melford

Minor Settlement

The settlement lies to the immediate south of where the Chelmsford to Ixworth road crossed a tributary of the River Stour, in the angle formed by the confluence of the latter with the former.

Although iron-age pottery has been found at the site, the existence of a pre-Roman settlement is doubtful. The earliest date indicated by Samian and coarse-ware pottery fragments is Neronian.

Much of the pottery from the site is of the first and second centuries, with comparatively little later material, indicating perhaps a decline of the settlement after the second century.

Remains of a tessallated pavement found during pipe-trenching, may indicate the existence of a bath-house. Several cremations and inhumation burials have been found throughout the site.

Long Melford Village local website by Roger Pearson

References for Long Melford

Roadside Settlements in Lowland Roman Britain by Roger Finch Smith (BAR#157, 1987) pp.154/5.Roadside Settlements in Lowland Roman Britain by Roger Finch Smith (BAR#157, 1987) pp.154/5. Roadside Settlements in Lowland Roman Britain by Roger Finch Smith (BAR#157, 1987) pp.154/5.Roadside Settlements in Lowland Roman Britain by Roger Finch Smith (BAR#157, 1987) pp.154/5.

Roman Roads near Long Melford

SSW (15) to Braintree (Essex) Probable road: SE (16) to Camvlodvnvm (Colchester, Essex) SE (16) to Camvlodvnvm Trinovantvm ENE (17) to Combretovivm (Baylham House, Suffolk) NNE (17) to Ixworth W (9) to Wixoe (Suffolk) NNE (17) to Sitomagvs