Kingswood Museum: Roman finds

September 29 2020

THE Bristol and Bath area is rich in Roman history. This includes a large villa on the current site of Keynsham cemetery, a smaller villa on the Somerdale site, and what is thought to be the Roman township of Trajectus sited on a ford of the River Avon at Keynsham.

Roman finds

In the Kingswood area, a Roman villa or farm was found adjacent to the Ring Road at Pomphrey Hill and is now beneath Cleve Rugby ground. A televised dig on the Chase School site discovered a Roman sarcophagus which was later on display at Bristol City Museum.

It is believed that a Roman road connecting Bath with the Roman port at Portus Abonae  (modern Sea Mills) followed the line of the current A431 through Bitton, Willsbridge, Longwell Green and Hanham.

Works to build the A4174 ring road in Stonehill, Hanham, revealed the site of a 4th Century Romano British settlement that was probably a farm and a metal working site. Finds including jewellery moulds, a millifiore brooch and a metal working furnace can be seen on display in Kingswood Heritage Museum.