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Romano-British villa at Mount Pleasant Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Kirton in Lindsey, North Lincolnshire

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Latitude: 53.4918 / 53°29'30"N

Longitude: -0.5856 / 0°35'8"W

OS Eastings: 493935.164406

OS Northings: 400380.038062

OS Grid: SE939003

Mapcode National: GBR SXC2.01

Mapcode Global: WHGGS.ZH9H

Entry Name: Romano-British villa at Mount Pleasant Farm

Scheduled Date: 22 October 1968

Last Amended: 6 November 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013627

English Heritage Legacy ID: 26521

County: North Lincolnshire

Civil Parish: Kirton in Lindsey

Traditional County: Lincolnshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lincolnshire

Church of England Parish: Kirton-in-Lindsey St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Lincoln


The monument includes the remains of a Romano-British villa, situated in two
fields to the east of Mount Pleasant Farm, North Cliff Road, Kirton in
The site was first discovered in August 1964, during the ploughing of a field
which had been under pasture for many years. This disclosed a scatter of
building debris including many faced stones, tesserae, wall plaster and opus
signinum (a flooring material similar to concrete) fragments, tiles and a
variety of samian, greyware, shell-gritted and colour coated pottery types.
The nature of these remains confirm that a Romano-British villa once stood
here. Part of a tessellated pavement was later exposed in the corner of the
orchard, in 1975.
Other surface finds discovered during subsequent ploughing include a bronze
penannular brooch, loom weights, a small, votive bronze axe head, and several
deliberately cut deer antlers.
All modern fencing and animal feed and water dispensers are excluded from the
scheduling. The paved surface of the private access road which leads from the
main highway to the farm is also excluded from the scheduling, although the
ground beneath all these features is included.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Romano-British villas were extensive rural estates at the focus of which were
groups of domestic, agricultural and occasionally industrial buildings. The
term "villa" is now commonly used to describe either the estate or the
buildings themselves. The buildings usually include a well-appointed dwelling
house, the design of which varies considerably according to the needs, taste
and prosperity of the occupier. Most of the houses were partly or wholly
stone-built, many with a timber-framed superstructure on masonry footings.
Roofs were generally tiled and the house could feature tiled or mosaic floors,
underfloor heating, wall plaster, glazed windows and cellars. Many had
integral or separate suites of heated baths. The house was usually accompanied
by a range of buildings providing accommodation for farm labourers, workshops
and storage for agricultural produce. These were arranged around or alongside
a courtyard and were surrounded by a complex of paddocks, pens, yards and
features such as vegetable plots, granaries, threshing floors, wells and
hearths, all approached by tracks leading from the surrounding fields. Villa
buildings were constructed throughout the period of Roman occupation, from the
first to the fourth centuries AD. They are usually complex structures occupied
over several hundred years and continually remodelled to fit changing
circumstances. They could serve a wide variety of uses alongside agricultural
activities, including administrative, recreational and craft functions, and
this is reflected in the considerable diversity in their plan. The least
elaborate villas served as simple farmhouses whilst, for the most complex, the
term "palace" is not inappropriate. Villa owners tended to be drawn from a
limited elite section of Romano-British society. Although some villas belonged
to immigrant Roman officials or entrepreneurs, the majority seem to have been
in the hands of wealthy natives with a more-or-less Romanised lifestyle, and
some were built directly on the sites of Iron Age farmsteads. Roman villa
buildings are widespread, with between 400 and 1000 examples recorded
nationally. The majority of these are classified as `minor' villas to
distinguish them from `major' villas. The latter were a very small group of
extremely substantial and opulent villas built by the very wealthiest members
of Romano-British society. Minor villas are found throughout lowland Britain
and occasionally beyond. Roman villas provide a valuable index of the rate,
extent and degree to which native British society became Romanised, as well as
indicating the sources of inspiration behind changes of taste and custom. In
addition, they serve to illustrate the agrarian and economic history of the
Roman province, allowing comparisons over wide areas both within and beyond
Britain. As a very diverse and often long-lived type of monument, a
significant proportion of the known population are identified as nationally

Evidence indicates that the villa site at Mount Pleasant Farm still survives
in good condition, complete with foundation walls and tessellated pavements.
Finds of Roman artefacts on the site during ploughing confirm the importance
of this site, which will retain significant architectural features and
archaeological information relating to the Romano-British period in Britain.

Source: Historic England


Humberside SMR, Sites and Monuments Records Sheet, (1994)
Mnt Pleasant Farm Owners, (1994)
Walker, J., AM107, (1983)

Source: Historic England

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