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18 April 2018Fishbourne Roman Villa and Petworth
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Fishbourne Roman Villa and Petworth
Wednesday 18 April 2018

The Roman villa at Fishbourne was discovered and excavated in the early 1960's. The dig revealed a palatial residence with ornate gardens, a large bath suite, many mozaic floors and tesallated pavements, several guest suites arranged around their own courtyards, a spacious entrance-hall and even an audience chamber; truly a residence fit for a king!

Building work on the villa was started in the early 70AD's, and over the years, additional wings, mozaics and gardens were added, which eventually covered about 4 hectares (10 acres), making Fishbourne one of the largest villas in Britain. The villa was apparently destroyed by fire in the late third century during which lead from the roof of the north wing melted over the surface of the mozaics beneath. After this catastrophic event the villa was abandoned, later becoming the site for a number of late-Roman burials, after many of its carfully prepared building-stones were removed for use in other constructions in the surrounding area.


A late 17th Century House containing woodcarvings by Grinling Gibbons and many paintings by van Dyck, Reynolds and Titian together with classical and neo-classical sculptures. J.M.W. Turner spent long periods at the mansion under the patronage of the 3rd Earl of Egmont.