Jun
27

Beadlam Roman Villa

This villa lies on the east bank of the River Riccal on the southern edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, about 1¼ miles (c.2 km) west of the village of Beadlam. Two rectangular buildings uncovered in 1969 were arranged at right-angles to each other; that to the north was in good condition with walls existing to a height of 2 to 3 feet (c.0.6 – 0.9 m), and was fitted with a hypocaust into which an overlying tessellated floor had collapsed, the western building, the superstructure of which was partly robbed-out, had a bath suite at its southern end. The arrangement of the two known buildings leads one to suspect that a further rectangular range awaits discovery, perhaps to the east. This would then give the villa a typical courtyard plan, open on the southern side in order to make the most out of the sunlight in this, one of the most northerly Roman Villas in Britain.
Only the topmost and latest levels of the villa were examined in the 1969 excavations and these have been dated to the 4th century A.D.