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HER Number:MDV41933
Name:Roman Tile from Couchill or Honeyditches


A tile bearing the inscription 'LEG(IO) II AUG(USTA)' found at either the Honeyditches villa site or the possible fort site at Couchill.


Grid Reference:SY 236 904
Map Sheet:SY29SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishSeaton
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSEATON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY29SW/217/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FINDSPOT (III - 201 AD to 300 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Museum Collection). SDV348525.

Worth, R. N., 1892, Notes on Roman Devon, 76 (Article in Serial). SDV346097.

A tile, now in Taunton Museum, was discovered by Mr. Haverfield of Christ Church Oxford, bearing the inscriptioon 'LEG(IO) II AUG(USTA), which he thought showed there was a military occupation at Seaton. Worth disagrees.

Davies Price, T., 1938, Untitled Source (Article in Serial). SDV346098.

Illustration of tile.

Bidwell, P. T., 1984, The Roman Site at Seaton (Un-published). SDV120083.

Bidwell suggests that it is possible that the tile was planted by a collector. However, he also suggests that the case for military occupation would be considerably strengthened if petrological examination were to show that the fabric was of local origin.

Boon, G. C., 1984, Untitled Source, 52 (Monograph). SDV346107.

Holbrook, N., 1987, Trial Excavations at Honeyditches and the Nature of the Roman Occupation at Seaton, 67, 72-73 (Article in Serial). SDV120090.

Holbrook suggests that the tile may have come from the site of the ?fort at Couchill rather than the Honeyditches villa site. The tile was donated to Taunton Museum by Walter Trevelyan who owned both sites. The die is of a previously unknown type but is likely to be 3rd century AD. Petrological analysis suggests that the tile was not produced at the II Augustan Legion base at Caerleon.

Holbrook, N., 1987, Trial Excavations at Honeyditches, Seaton, 11 (Report - Excavation). SDV120091.

Horner, B., 1991, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV346102.

Holbrook refers to this as a pila tiles, which would suggest it came from a hypocaust or bath house, which would suit the known information from the Honeyditches site. However, it does not rule out the possibility that it came from a ?fort at Couchill. It also reinforces a military or official connection with the Honeyditches site, as Holbrook also argues.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV120083Un-published: Bidwell, P. T.. 1984. The Roman Site at Seaton. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV120090Article in Serial: Holbrook, N.. 1987. Trial Excavations at Honeyditches and the Nature of the Roman Occupation at Seaton. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 45. Paperback Volume. 67, 72-73.
SDV120091Report - Excavation: Holbrook, N.. 1987. Trial Excavations at Honeyditches, Seaton. Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit Report. 87.07. A4 Stapled + Digital. 11.
SDV346097Article in Serial: Worth, R. N.. 1892. Notes on Roman Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 24. Unknown. 76. [Mapped feature: #24941 ]
SDV346098Article in Serial: Davies Price, T.. 1938. Antiquaries Journal. 17. Unknown.
SDV346102Personal Comment: Horner, B.. 1991. Not Applicable.
SDV346107Monograph: Boon, G. C.. 1984. Laterarium Iscanum. The Antefixes, Brick and Tile Stamps of the Second Augu. Unknown. 52.
SDV348525Museum Collection: Museum of Somerset. Taunton/A725. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV14057Related to: Honeyditches Roman Villa, Seaton (Monument)
MDV41932Related to: Roman Fort at Couchill, Seaton (Monument)
MDV14060Related to: Roman Tile from Honeyditches or Couchill, Seaton (Find Spot)

Associated Finds

  • FDV4109 - TILE (III to Unknown - 201 AD)

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 1 2011 10:53AM