Chocolate Heritage and Keynsham Roman Villa

Keynsham Roman Villa (n.d.)
Keynsham Roman Villa (n.d.)

One of the most unusual settings for a site is the Roman villa at Kensham that was found during the construction of the Somerdale chocolate factory for J. S. Fry and Sons (between Bath and Bristol). The excavations were conducted by Dr Arthur Bulleid and Father Ethelbert Hoare from 1922 to 1924.

J.S. Fry & Sons (“Cocoa and Chocolate Manufacturers”) issued an 8 page booklet for the remains and the finds (that were housed in the on-site museum). The booklet contained a plan of the villa as well as a number of illustrations. The booklet is undated but I suspect mid-1970s.

Author: David Gill

David Gill is Honorary Professor in the Centre for Heritage at the University of Kent, and Honorary Research Fellow in the School of History and an Academic Associate in SISJAC at UEA; Professor of Archaeological Heritage.

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