They have a purpose built building housing a fine display of mosaic flooring, showing living and bathing areas. The discoveries depend on funding and we were lucky enough to see a newly unearthed mosaic, which was going to be recovered with soil within 30 minutes of our arrival. The ultimate aim would be to create another purpose built building to enable them to have a permanent display. An archaeologist explained to us that it is firmly believed that the villa has unique features and a mystery remains regarding its location as it is set between two major Roman roads.
This museum offered good refreshments, where afternoon tea was enjoyed before returning home in the glorious sunshine.
Please note that our planned trip for August 24th will be a tour of Stratfield Saye.
Submitted by Jane Leishman. Click on the Pictures to enlarge them
After an hour and a half we were back in the farmyard and enjoying a wonderful supper of Lyburn cheese, artisan bread, copious salads and homemade courgette pickle all washed down with local wine, beer and apple juice.
We were not able to see the cheese being made but could purchase from the shop, there were also their excellent courgettes, French and runner beans for sale.
It was almost dark when we left after a very enjoyable and informative visit.
Subsequently over the centuries, the Herbert family have benefited the town including the construction during the 1840’s of the magnificent new parish church in the Romanesque style featuring a separate campanile.
The medieval stained glass is outstanding & the church alone worth a visit to Wilton. After some history about carpet manufacture, the demise of Wilton in favour of Salisbury following the construction of a new river bridge and much more; most of us descended upon Coffee Darling for a delicious light lunch.
Please note that our planned trip for July 27th is a visit to Chedworth Roman Villa and Northleach Mechanical Music Museum.
The church was created a cathedral in the 7th century & rebuilt several times, whilst its power, wealth & influence was second only to Canterbury. We visited the remains of Wolvesey Castle, residence of the Bishop since the 1100’s & viewed the elegant outside of the ‘new’ Bishops Palace dating from 1680’s, & which is currently used as a college & administration centre. Passing the house where Jane Austen died on our way to the cathedral Choir School, we gained many fascinating insights into King Alfred’s capital city far too numerous to be included in this report (or be remembered by this scribbler!). Because there is so much more history within Winchester there is another guided walk covering the ‘top’ of the city, which we may consider for a future venture. Why not join us on the next one?
Submitted by Norma Bryan
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