Blenheim Villa, a Roman Villa and Associated Field System 200m North East of Little Cote
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Oxfordshire County Council
Cherwell District Council
Shipton-on-Cherwell and Thrupp
SE456456 (445626, 216146)
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A complex of rectangular enclosures including a range of negative cropmarks indicating stone buildings, almost certainly representing a Roman villa seen. Large quantities of Roman pottery were subsequently found. The building site is on a stone-covered platform, littered with tile and late Roman pottery, and was suffering from the effects of ploughing when walked in 1980.
This site and the surrounding fields were extensively surveyed using ground radar by a building consortium (Pye Homes/Blenheim Estates that own the land) in readyness for a propsed 1200 housing development. As the land straddled Cherwell District Council and West Oxfordshire District Council responsibilty, the application approval was split between these two authorities. Both Councils recently refused planning permisssion(20 against & 1 for)for a multitude of reasons but the Ancient site of the Blenheim villa was a very big obstruction. I watched the Cherwell "Podcast" of the commitee meeting as the Chief Planning officer went through his very extensive report. What was interesting when the topic of the villa was presented, he alluded to other underground structures that were found during the radar survey near the site of the villa and up to now, lay undiscovered. As a thought, you could approach Pye Homes/Blenheim Estates and see if you could get more information and maybe copies on the scans which I believe give details of the floor structure indicating sizes of rooms and the other structures in the field etc. There could be a whole town or city beneath the ground !! best regsrds Peter Boon.
Peter Boon, 18 October 2015
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