How the Romans taught us how to build.

Before the arrival of the Romans in Britain the residents made good use of the locally available material. This was lots of wood, namely oak and beech and willow for the walls, animal dung, mud water and thatch. However, the Romans had gotten past this stage of development and with the practised ease that they had learnt in Gaul they soon began either subjugating fierce tribes that were hostile and developing relationships with those that were fed up with the hostile tribes in the first place. One such tribe was the Dobunni who lived in the Cotswolds (not that they called it that. We don’t know what they did). They were tired of being attacked and raided by the Catuvellauni tribe to the West and decided that the Newcomers with their tower shields and armour might prove to be useful.

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Further proof was added to this argument when the Romans taught them how to use dressed stone and marble. There was a lot of good rock in the Cotswolds and they moved the Dobunni capital at Bagendon down to the site of Corinium (now Cirencester) which had a water supply, drains, baths and used it instead. They also showed them how to build Villas and one of the finest examples is that of Chedworth Roman Villa not far from the Town.

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Not everyone got a Villa. Only the rich tribal leaders and powerful heads of the tribes had them. Most people made do with the Roundhouse again. If they’d had access to Sam Conveyancing’s Information on buying a house then maybe they could have got one.

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