Newport Roman Villa was a Romano-British farmhouse constructed in 280 AD. It is located near to Newport, Isle of Wight.

Newport Roman Villa was constructed with local stone including flint, chalk, limestone and greensand with the walls remaining almost at their original height. The building was roofed with massive slabs of Bembridge limestone which needed large roof timbers to support them. Many of these roof slabs had a distinctive shape, pierced with a single hole to take a nail, were found on the site. It is likely the building was the centre of a wealthy estate.

The discovery of fragments of window glass on the site shows that the building had some glazed windows, and remains of painted wall plaster during excavation show that at least some of the rooms had brightly coloured interior walls.

It features a well-preserved Roman bath suite with hypocaust underfloor heating. The furnace for heating the bath suite was outside the back wall of the villa at the end of the bath wing, and a slave would have been responsible for providing it with fuel. The hot air from the furnace passed through an arch at the base of the villa's back wall and circulated under the raised floors of the three rooms.

It remains unknown when life at the villa ended. During excavation, the skull of a woman in her early thirties was found in the corner of one of the rooms. It has been suggested that she was killed during a raid in an abandoned building. However it is also viewed that the abandonment of the island's villas by the middle of the fourth century could be due to economic hardship rather than the threat of attacks by Anglo-saxon raiders.

The villa has since been reconstructed based on archaeological evidence featuring a Roman kitchen and Roman garden. It is now open to the public usually from around April to October.



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Founded: 280 AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in United Kingdom

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Linda Prendergast (10 months ago)
Took my granddaughter for a treat. Although small area the staff provided a quiz sheet which ensured she looked very close to find the clues. She thoroughly enjoyed it and I learned a few things too
Garry Whitmore (Dagdabear) (11 months ago)
A little archeological gem hidden in Newport's suburbs . Well worth a visit if on IOW. Note limited street parking only.
Timothy Welstead (11 months ago)
Would recommend a visit if interested in history. Allow 30-45 minutes to explore.
Kim Vuong (12 months ago)
Hidden little Roman villa amongst residential houses. Good way to spend a couple hours on a rainy day learning something historical with the kids. They also enjoyed the play room recreating the pottery and 'living' like a Roman ?
Don Pearson (13 months ago)
Lovely example of a Roman villa situated effectively in residential area in back gardens. Good display of artifacts. Well worth a visit.
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