City of Bristol
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Kings Weston Villa was discovered during the construction of Lawrence Weston housing estate in 1947; the construction of a road partially destroyed it, but a full excavation was carried out in 1948-50. The villa may have been the centre of an estate associated with farming. Excavation revealed an almost symmetrical plan which developed in several phases. For the most part the walls, built of a variety of local stones, are now little higher than the foundations. The remains consist of: the bath suite (rooms I-V); living quarters (rooms VI and VII) both of which had mosiac floors; porticus, porch and gravelled court (rooms VIII and IX) and the east wing (rooms XI, XII and XIII). It was probably built towards the end of the third century AD. The reason for its abandonment is unknown.
A key to access the site can be collected from Blaise Castle House Museum or Bristol Museum & Art Gallery during opening hours. £5 deposit.
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