Chedworth Roman Villa, Yanworth

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Chedworth Roman Villa is a Roman villa located near Chedworth, Gloucestershire, England. It is one of the largest Roman villas in Britain. The villa was built in phases from the early 2nd century to the 4th century, with the 4th century construction transforming the building into an elite dwelling arranged around three sides of a courtyard. The 4th century building included a heated and furnished west wing containing a dining-room (triclinium) with a fine mosaic floor, as well as two separate bathing suites – one for damp-heat and one for dry-heat. The villa was discovered in 1864, and it was excavated and put on display soon afterwards. It was acquired in 1924 by the National Trust who have conducted a long-term conservation programme, with new on-site facilities and cover-buildings.

It is debated amongst historians whether Chedworth was indeed a farm or in fact a religious hostel, as evidence has been found in support of both arguments. However most currently believe that Chedworth was a private farmstead, inhabited by a very wealthy Romano-Briton. It is a Scheduled monument.
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  • As members of the National Trust, it was a cheap afternoon out. Situated deep in the beautiful Cotswolds countryside, it's a bit off the beaten track, around narrow, twisty country roads. The scenery....  more »
  • Half term fun. Interesting site. Lovely mosaics. Excited to come back when the North eventually mosaics eventually on display ...  more »
  • Wow. This place took some finding. It’s really hidden away but well worth a visit. The level of preservation is amazing. The bath house and mosaics were stunning. The villa is managed by the national trust, not English heritage who you would expect. We did the forest trail and spent a fortune in the shop!
  • We visited as members on a very hot bank holiday weekend. Parking is somewhat limited when busy, but, there are lots to do here for children who are studying the Romans at school. The restaurant is lovely with typical a National Trust menu. The staff were lovely too.. Thank you for a great, informative few hours. Dave n Jill
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