Roman bath house at Parker's Piece

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1007049

Date first listed: 13-May-1952

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Map

Ordnance survey map of Roman bath house at Parker's Piece
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Location

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District: City of Derby (Unitary Authority)

National Grid Reference: SK 35292 37327

Summary

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Reasons for Designation

The bath house was one of the principal public buildings of a Roman town. The practice of communal bathing was an integral part of Roman urban life, and the public bath house served an important function as a place for relaxation and social congregation as well as exercise and hygiene. Public bath houses were used by most inhabitants of Roman towns, including slaves, to the extent that private bathing facilities in town houses were rare; men and women bathed at separate times of day, or in separate suites. Bath houses therefore varied in both size and plan, according to the local population and bathing arrangements, but all consisted of a series of rooms of graded temperature containing a variety of plunge-baths. The bath house was heated by hypocausts connected to nearby furnaces; it was also linked to, and depended upon, an engineered water supply which involved the construction of drains, sewers and an aqueduct. As a necessity of Roman town life, the public bath house was one of the first buildings to be constructed after the establishment of a town. Most bath houses, therefore, originated in the first or second century AD and continued in use, with alterations, to the fifth century. They are distributed throughout the towns of Roman Britain. In view of their importance for an understanding of Romano-British urban development and social practice, all surviving examples are considered to be worthy of protection. The bath house near Chester Green Road, is well preserved and retains significant archaeological deposits. Such deposits will provide information on the construction, use and abandonment of the bath house and the associated Roman fort of Derventio. It is an important monument group and will improve our knowledge and understanding of the social, economic and cultural elements of the Roman community and its place in the wider landscape.

History

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Details

This monument includes the buried remains of a Roman bath house situated on level ground to the east of the River Derwent. The bath house survives as a series of buried structures and deposits which were discovered in 1924 during the erection of a pavilion. The site was partially excavated revealing a hypocaust and the foundations of a stone wall measuring 10.6m long and 0.9m thick containing flanged hypocaust tiles and wall plaster. Finds of Roman bricks and tiles, as well as imported Roman pottery, were also recorded. The bath house is sited about 137m to the south west of the Roman Station of Derventio. The pavilion stands partly within the monument, but is excluded from the scheduling, however, the ground beneath it is included. This monument lies within the buffer zone of Derwent Mills World Heritage Site.

SOURCES PastScape Monument No:-313286 NMR:- SK33NE12

Legacy

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Legacy System number: DB 105

Legacy System: RSM - OCN

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