Bignor Roman Villa, Pulborough

#2 of 7 in Historic Sites in Horsham District
Bignor Roman Villa is a large Roman courtyard villa which has been excavated and put on public display on the Bignor estate in the English county of West Sussex. It is well known for its high quality mosaic floors, which are some of the most complete and intricate in the country.LocationThe villa is situated just north of the South Downs close to Stane Street, about 9 miles north-east of Chichester (the Roman city of Noviomagus Reginorum) and the nearby and much larger Fishbourne Roman Palace. It is on the south-facing slope of a ridge of greensand which provided better conditions for agriculture than the nearby chalk; this fact and its proximity to Roman Chichester meant that the owners were able to become wealthy from farming.History and structureThe existence of a Romano-British farmstead on the site by the end of the 1st century is indicated by finds, but the earliest structural remains are of a simple timber farm structure dating to around 200. A four-roomed stone building was built in the middle of the 3rd century, and this was extended before 400 by the addition of a few new rooms, a hypocaust, and a portico that faced east towards Stane Street.
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  • After cycling up to visit from Amberley on a sunny Friday afternoon we were a bit disappointed to note the "open *Saturdays and Sundays only" in the small print...  more »
  • this is a wonderful example of a roman villa set in the heart of the wessex countryside, plenty of parking with a sweet little cafe.  more »
  • Great mosaics. Beautiful surroundings. Fun maze, & hopscotch design as used by Roman soldiers for exercise. Fun things to do for children. Really nice mosaic in Medusa bath house & also long hall. Sit outside with tea & cake & admire the countryside
  • Magical. There aren't many Roman Villas still administered by the family who originally uncovered it. If you are interested in the history of Sussex or Roman History you must go. Choose a warm day, take a picnic and get your tea and cake from the shop. If you Gift Aid your entry fee you can visit free of charge for the following year.
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