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The Roman Villa, Brading

Description: The Roman Villa

Grade: I
Date Listed: 18 January 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 310131

OS Grid Reference: SZ6024486408
OS Grid Coordinates: 460244, 86408
Latitude/Longitude: 50.6742, -1.1488

Location: Lower Adgestone Road, Brading, Isle of Wight PO36 0PJ

Locality: Brading
County: Isle of Wight
Country: England
Postcode: PO36 0PJ

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Listing Text

1352-0/1/90 The Roman Villa

Remains of Roman Villa. C3, rediscovered in 1879. Masonry
walls survive up to about 4ft in height and the hypocaust
system and many elaborate tesselated pavements survive. These
include in Room I a mosaic of Orpheus with animals and birds,
in Room 2 a unique mosaic pavement including the
chicken-headed Gnostic god Abraxes, a central roundel of
Bacchus God of Wine and gladiators in combat, in Room 11 a
simple diamond-shaped pattern within a border of red and white
tesserae and in Room 12 a very elaborate mosaic divided into
panels by a braided guilloche. This room contains one of the
most important floor mosaics in Britain. subject matter
includes Perseus rescuing Andromeda, busts of the 4 Seasons,
the head of Medusa, Ceres distributing ears of corn to
Triptolemus, a satyr pursuing a Bacchante, Lycurgus attacking
the Maenad Ambrosia with a double axe, and a maenad playing a
tambourine dancing with a shepherd boy. Rectangular border
panel with merman, sea centaurs and nereids. Scheduled Ancient
(Rule M and Sturgess K:Brading Roman Villa).

Listing NGR: SZ5995986269

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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