North Leigh Villa


Excavations conducted on site B were completed in 1969 and revealed five phases of construction:

  1. The postholes of a circular timber hut about 12 feet (c.3.7m) in diameter, represented the first building on the site.
  2. In the Flavian period a rectangular stone building of 10 rooms arranged east-west, with a further room attached to each end to form short south-facing wings. This was augmented during the early-2nd century by a corridor along the east, north and western sides.
  3. The house was reconstructed and enlarged in the mid-2nd century at which time it measured about 47 x 137 feet (14.3 x 41.8 m). This building had a channelled-hypocaust fitted in the early-3rd century.
  4. Most of the building was demolished in the mid-3rd century leaving only 5 rooms standing at the west end, which continued in use until the end of the 3rd century.
  5. A small timber shed was erected on the site around 350AD and remained in use until about 430.

References for North Leigh Villa

Britannia ii (1971) p.268.Britannia ii (1971) p.268. Britannia ii (1971) p.268.Britannia ii (1971) p.268.

Map References for North Leigh Villa

NGRef: SP374138 OSMap: LR164

Roman Roads near North Leigh Villa

ENE (11) to Alchester (Oxfordshire) WSW (8) to Asthall (Oxfordshire)