Memoirs historical and topographical of Bristol and its neighbourhood, (Volume 1); from the earliest period down to the present time

9780217018029: Memoirs historical and topographical of Bristol and its neighbourhood, (Volume 1); from the earliest period down to the present time

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1821 Excerpt: ... half a mile distant from Sea-mills. It was about the year 1785, that I conversed with an old man, who had worked in these fields from his youth: he said that he had never turned up the ground without finding them. Many were found about A' D' 1800, in digging up an old apple tree in the orchard. Some I possess, and many others have been shewn to me; but I never saw any of more than ordinary value, such as Constantine, Constans, Gallienus and the like. § 57. Other remains also, beside coins, have been found. "They also met with a fine arched gateway under ground, in digging out the dock at it's upper part, which seems to have led to some principal part: and the rudera of buildings destroyed and remains of old foundations have been traced up the adjoining hilly ground next the river-side, and were remarked by the ingenious mechanic, Mr. Padmore, who conducted the undertaking. Many thick flat tiles are often found here in the walls and foundations, having grooves on one side; apparently intended as bricks for building; some have been in my own possession. These are certainly Roman, such being found in other Roman stations.--Another argument to prove, that there was an ancient town in this neighbourhood, called Abona,-f-is to be found in the rental of Sir Ralph Sadlier, dated 36 Hen' VIII, wherein is mention of one acre in campo Abone town, which Mr. Barrett says was a common field under KiUgsweston-hill, in Lawrence-weston, near the river." Add to this what was proved above from the itinerary, that there certainly was a Roman town on the Avon between Bath and the Severn; and it results beyond contradiction, that Sea-mills was the place, and many remains of antiquity would probably be found there, if a careful search were made. About half of the area has n...

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