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Roman Villa, Horton Kirby
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2012, 14:41:30 »
Wednesday, 31st May, 1972

Sewer course diverted to save Roman Villa

A sewer which was to have been laid across land where a Roman villa was uncovered recently is to be diverted around the side at a cost of £1,000 to £1,500.

The villa, said to be of great importance, was unearthed in the village of Horton Kirby, near Dartford, Kent.

Mr I. J. Cottrell, engineer to the West Kent Sewerage Board, said yesterday: “We have decided to divert the sewer and it will not now be crossing the site of the Roman villa”.  The cost will be met by the Department of the Environment and by local contributions.

An archaeologist at the Department of the Environment said the villa did not conform to the normal pattern of Roman villas and appeared to have some special function.  There could be a relationship between it and the Roman villas of Lullingstone and South Darenth, a few miles away.

The Horton Kirby villa was uncovered on May 21 by mechanical diggers.

 

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