The Friends of Littlecote Roman Villa now boast twenty-eight volunteers, engaged in cleaning and restoring the famous Roman site. They started work in April 2019 under the expert guidance of the original archaeologists Bryn Walters and Bernard Phillips (pictured right and centre, with artist and illustrator Luigi Thompson (left)). Over the past six months they have made amazing progress, stripping the walls of moss, soil and weeds, starting with the three-storey gatehouse and continuing along the east and south ranges. They have now finished work for the season, having made considerable inroads into the complex west range with its villa and hypocaust. They intend to start again in Spring 2020 where they left off. It will be a long job, but the walls have been largely untouched since the excavations came to an end thirty years ago!
Friday April 5, 2019
The Gatehouse is coming to life ....
The Friends of Littlecote Roman Villa are really making an impact on the three-storey gatehouse to the Roman villa complex. At their second meeting they started tackling the most northerly of the twin towers - not easy because the remaining walls are not raised and lots of kneeling is required. The director of the original excavation in 1978-1991 Bryn Walters and his colleague Luigi Thompson were there, and were delighted with the progress being made. The volunteers from the Hungerford Historical Association now number nineteen.
Bryn also met with the Warner Site Manager Dean Lavisher and the Head Gardener Grove Russell-Allen to discuss ways of restoring the (originally) roofed areas which were gravelled in 1991. They are covered in moss and it was hoped the gravel had survived, but worm activity over the years has meant its complete disappearance. So they will be re-lined and re-gravelled over the coming months, which will greatly enhance the appearance of the gatehouse and stable block.