Badminton

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'Badminton', Ancient and Historical Monuments in the County of Gloucester: Iron Age and Romano-British Monuments in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds (1976), pp. 6. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=129235 Date accessed: 26 November 2014.


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BADMINTON

(17 miles s.w. of Cirencester)

A Roman mosaic pavement is said by John Aubrey to have been noted here c. 1686. (fn. 1) A Roman building in Badminton Park (ST 8083) was excavated by the Duchess of Beaufort and Lord Albert Conyngham, probably in 1846. There is no record of the structure, but finds included much pottery, coins of 'the Lower Empire', a bronze statuette and three intaglios. (fn. 2)

(I) 'Celtic' Fields (ST 797832-ST 811845) in Badminton Park, extending into Hawkesbury parish, can be detected within some 70 acres of pasture and arable, above the 400-ft. contour, in two main areas centred respectively (a) ½ mile S. and (b) ½ mile E. of Little Badminton (Plate 42). To S.W. the traces continue outside the park. The remains survive in pasture as a skeleton of lynchets up to 3 ft. high; other field sides have been flattened by strip cultivation and by ridgeand-furrow. To S.E. of the park, across the county boundary with Wiltshire (about ST 819832), further traces of 'Celtic' fields extend to Giant's Cave long barrow in Luckington; here in 1960–2 copious 2nd to 4th-century Roman pottery was found, and also six 4th-century coins (WAM, 65 (1970), 39–63).

R.A.F., VAP 106G/UK 1416: 4372–5.

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1 TBGAS, LII (1930), 163, note 28.
2 JBAA, II (1847), 90.


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