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Stroud Roman Villa

Roman villa at Stroud, an early farm.

Roman villa at Stroud, an early farm.

The villa at Stroud was probably the home of a prosperous British farmer. The main building was constructed in the 2nd century and some of the materials date from the first century. Elaborate alterations were made at the beginning of the 4th century. The eastern wing was divided into three stalls each large enough to accommodate a pair of oxen; it also contained a hay store and a small granary. The limited facilities for animals and the storage of fodder and crops suggest that this was a sheep farm.