P&EE 1989 11-11 1
Wall from a Roman building
From: Meonstoke, Hampshire
Date: early 4th century AD
The Romans had many skilled builders and when they conquered Britain they brought with them the use of concrete and bricks. Wealthy Roman Britons lived in country houses called villas, which had large family rooms in the centre surrounded by farm buildings and land.
This wall was probably part of an impressive barn from the Meonstoke Villa in Hampshire. Perhaps farm workers used it to store equipment and crops, they might even have slept in it. We know this building crumbled and finally fell down around AD 353 from a coin buried underneath the ruins.