NGRef: SU7202
OSMap: LR197
Type: Temple Or Shrine, Temple Or Shrine

Roads
None identified

Hayling Island Romano-British Temple

This circular structure, 47 ft. in outside diameter with massive walls 4¾ ft. thick, lay within a rectangular porticoed structure measuring 134 ft. by 143 ft., The foundations of a square entrance porch abutted the circular building on the south-east. Excavations recorded tesserae from a mozaic or tessallated floor, painted wall plaster, plaster mouldings and roof tiles. Other finds included pottery fragments, a fibula brooch, a bracelet, a gold torque, several animal bones and fourteen coins including one British issue, the rest being Roman and ranging from Augustus to Constantine II. The plan of the building and its monumental structure coupled with the small finds suggest that this was a religious centre of some kind, or perhaps a mausoleum.

The modern village of Stoke lies just to the west of the site. There are villas to the north at Havant (SU6907) and Langstone (SU7105), both on the mainland in Hampshire.

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See: Temples in Roman Britain by M.J.T. Lewis (Cambridge 1966).