NGRef: TL8645
OSMap: LR155
Type: Minor Settlement, Minor Settlement, Minor Settlement
SSW (15) to Braintree (Essex)
Probable road: SE (16) to Camvlodvnvm (Colchester, Essex)
SE (16) to Camvlodvnvm Trinovantvm
ENE (17) to Combretovivm (Baylham House, Suffolk)
NNE (17) to Ixworth
W (9) to Wixoe (Suffolk)
NNE (17) to Sitomagvs

The settlement lies to the immediate south of where the Chelmsford to Ixworth road crossed a tributary of the River Stour, in the angle formed by the confluence of the latter with the former.

Although iron-age pottery has been found at the site, the existence of a pre-Roman settlement is doubtful. The earliest date indicated by Samian and coarse-ware pottery fragments is Neronian.

Much of the pottery from the site is of the first and second centuries, with comparatively little later material, indicating perhaps a decline of the settlement after the second century.

Remains of a tessallated pavement found during pipe-trenching, may indicate the existence of a bath-house. Several cremations and inhumation burials have been found throughout the site.

See: Roadside Settlements in Lowland Roman Britain by Roger Finch Smith (BAR#157, 1987) pp.154/5.

Long Melford Related Links

Long Melford Village local website by Roger Pearson

Page Citation: Kevan White (2018) "Roman Britain: LONG MELFORD"