4th century villa, Lullingstone Roman Villa, Eynesford, Kent

4th century villa, Lullingstone Roman Villa, Eynesford, Kent
Photograph taken 2009 © Historic England Archive Photo Library ref: N090341

Aerial view reconstruction of the villa in its landscape in the later 4th century. The villa was discovered in 1939. It was built in about 100 AD. It was rebuilt and expanded in stone in the second half of the second century. Finds from the site suggest that it may have been associated with Publius Helvius Pertinax. He was governor of Britain in AD185-6 and briefly emperor in AD 193. North of the main building are the remains of a mausoleum built in the early 4th century and incorporated into a late Saxon church. From circa 360 AD a large dining room was built and the north rooms were converted into a Christian chapel. This chapel contains a set of wall paintings with clear Christian symbolism, which is unique in the context of a Roman villa from Britain. The villa was apparently abandoned after a fire during the 5th century- possibly around 420. This site is now in the care of English Heritage (2010).

Location

Kent Eynsford

Period

Roman (43 - 409)

Tags

roman (43 - 409) villa house reconstruction drawing landscape archaeology english heritage