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 Post subject: THE OLD WORK
PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 11:20 pm 
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Earlier in the year Sheryl and I had a few days in Shropshire, so we had a look at Wroxeter Roman City. It is where channel 4 made the programme on building a Roman Town House, using only methods and materials of the time. It was built on the site of the Forum, the remains of the collonade seen in the photo. The house was built on a raft as the area it covers has not been excavated.

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The most impressive part of Wroxeter for me was 'The Old Work', which is the largest piece of Roman building surviving in Britain, which is not a defensive structure. It is part of a wall separating the Baths Basillica from the Baths themselves. It stands 7M high, and the arched ceiling of the baths can be made out. There is quite a large area of excavated remains, although the hypocaust and walls first revealed 150 years ago have not survived. While the walls were buried,the lime mortar holding them together washed away and was replaced by soil, and when uncovered they fell apart. The tile stacks were also weak and did not survive the attentions of Victorian souvenir hunters for long. Only a small percentage of the City has been excavated, but it is well worth a visit.

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 Post subject: Re: THE OLD WORK
PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 3:53 pm 
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Nice one Frank. I'll have a look when I'm down there.


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