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Bignor Roman Villa

By James_C
Hi everyone,

I was fortunate to be able to enjoy some of the celebrations to recognise the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Bignor Roman Villa last year. They were stumbled upon by the great great great grandfather of the current owner of the land whilst plowing. I took the opportunity to take one or two photographs of the remarkable mosaic floors. Ironically the buildings errected over the remains nearly 200 years ago are considered, by English Heritage, to be more important than the Roman remains. These Georgian buildings have had the thatch redone about eight times since they were built and much of the lower layers, visible from inside the buildings, is thought to be the original. The villa dates back to the 3rd Century AD and is open to the public from the beginning of March to the end of October and is well worth the visit.

Many thanks for all the kind c+c on my last upload. It is much appreciated.

All the best,


Tags: Photo journalism General Architecture Landscape and travel Bignor Roman Villa

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saeidNL 7 3 Netherlands
5 Jan 2012 2:59PM
Wonderful textures and tones brilliant detail nice one,well taken too,

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xwang 8 56 8
5 Jan 2012 4:20PM
Very beautiful indeed...
i went the Roman Town house in Dorchester last spring. There was a Roman mosaic there,. I was lucky to get in and snapped two photos. I was told that the mosaic there was an unique site, because most of the Roman mosaic(s) were only in the centre of the building, the one in Dorchester covered the whole floor and the patterns were unique as well. This one looks quite good, a great found..Smile
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2012 4:30PM
These floors never cease to amaze with their intricate patterns.
James_C 8 36 56 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2012 5:00PM
I've had a peek Jas - very interesting, although I think you will find the Roman Palace at Fishbourne is a really outstanding place to visit. The irony is that, although I live less than 2 miles from it, I can't remember the last time I went there Sad
I seem to remember that some of the mosaics are 5 deep ! Got bored with the old one so laid a new one on top Smile
This discussion however has reminded me of the fact so I shall make the effort - perhaps even this weekend....Wink

All the best,

CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2012 5:02PM
The time they must have originally spent assembling these floors - they have done an excellent restoration. Very well captured James. Carole
xwang 8 56 8
5 Jan 2012 7:25PM
Sounds good and looks good... Smile. If I have the chance to visit south England, I will...Smile
I'll be waiting for your images from Fishbourne then.
EAS 8 1 13 Scotland
5 Jan 2012 11:13PM
Wonderful to see and so interesting reading your information too.

Joline Plus
11 28 53 United States
6 Jan 2012 12:14PM
Fascinating information, and a very interesting image of this mosaic.
I suppose to them it was like changing the carpeting.
I hope you go to Fishbourne and take loads of photos, I shall look forward to seeing them.
KingBee Plus
11 522 2 Scotland
6 Jan 2012 2:08PM
Great shooting, James, and great description.


LexEquine 11 19 United States
6 Jan 2012 4:48PM
'Super {A+++} Image rendering' ~ Peter

"Happy New Year & All The Best For 2012"~~~ Smile
JimV 11 6 3 Canada
7 Jan 2012 4:27AM
What incredible workmanship James, I see a part of the floor is sagging, yet the mosaic remains intact, thanks for showing, and the interesting write-up!
Rgds., Jim
7 Jan 2012 1:59PM
They where amazing when they where layed James, and no less amazing now. I can only imagine what it must feel like to discover such a wonderful find as this.

John Smile
Brilane 11 5 12 Wales
8 Jan 2012 8:39PM
A good exposure, James.

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