Scampton Villa

Villa

This large villa is located on the limestone upland of Lincolnshire just north of Lincoln, close to a major junction on Ermine Street where the alternative road to York via Doncaster and Tadcaster, missing out the Humber ferry, branches-off. Scampton was inexpertly excavated in 1795 and poorly recorded by Illingworth in 1808. The villa buildings are arranged around a rectangular double-courtyard, with its longer axis aligned almost north-south, the residential rooms were located on the south and east sides, the servant's quarters on the north, while the entrance lay on the west, via a corridor or portico which spanned almost the entire breadth of the building. The buildings were supplied with fresh water from a nearby spring.

Large and opulent villas are very scarce within the territories of the Coritani tribe, the Scampton villa being one of only three which speak of a decent amount of wealth spent on its appointment, decoration and complexity of design, most of the Coritanian villas being either of the simple “corridor” type or the “aisled-barn” format; the other two examples are located at Southwell in Nottinghamshire and Norfolk Street near Leicester. Villas of the “double-courtyard” type are likewise quite rare, notable examples in Britain being Llantwit Major in Glamorgan, Darenth in Kent, and Woodchester in Gloucestershire.

References for Scampton Villa

Britain in the Roman Empire by Joan Liversidge (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1968); The Roman villa : an historical introduction by John Percival (London, Batsford, 1976); The Coritani by Malcolm Todd, F.S.A. (Rev. ed. Sutton, 1991) [from the Peoples of Roman Britain series].Britain in the Roman Empire by Joan Liversidge (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1968); The Roman villa : an historical introduction by John Percival (London, Batsford, 1976); The Coritani by Malcolm Todd, F.S.A. (Rev. ed. Sutton, 1991) [from the Peoples of Roman Britain series]. Britain in the Roman Empire by Joan Liversidge (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1968); The Roman villa : an historical introduction by John Percival (London, Batsford, 1976); The Coritani by Malcolm Todd, F.S.A. (Rev. ed. Sutton, 1991) [from the Peoples of Roman Britain series].Britain in the Roman Empire by Joan Liversidge (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1968); The Roman villa : an historical introduction by John Percival (London, Batsford, 1976); The Coritani by Malcolm Todd, F.S.A. (Rev. ed. Sutton, 1991) [from the Peoples of Roman Britain series].

Roman Roads near Scampton Villa

Ermine Street: N (5) to Owmby (Lincolnshire) Branch Road: WNW (10) to Segelocvm (Littleborough, Nottinghamshire) Ermine Street: S (5) to Lindvm