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Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 14 -1882  pages 137
                                     
THE ROMAN VILLA AT WINGHAM   By George Dowker, F.G.S.  Continued

Room No. 2, 9ft. 9in. east to west by 10ft. 10in. north to south, had a floor thirteen inches higher than the bottom of No. 1, and was tessellated with a pattern of alternate large diamonds and small squares, with a banded border in dark grey and white tesserę. The south and west walls had each a projecting cornice of red concrete at base* next the floor, and the sides of the walls were covered with the same; it had a remarkably smooth surface, as if to receive colour. The south-west corner of this room had a drain leading parallel with the outside of the west wall of Room No. 1, and having a recess in the south wall 2ft. 8in. long and 8in. deep; the wall above this recess had white tesserae on it. The east wall had no cornice, or set off, of concrete at the bottom, and was about two feet high towards the centre; the west wall was broken up, level with the pavement. Toward the north-west corner of this apartment was a doorway through the wall, paved with white tesserae, leading into Room No. 4, hereafter to be described. The walls of No. 2 are two feet thick, and composed of flint stones. Near the centre, but touching the north wall, was found a large mill-stone, lying flat on the tessellated floor, 

with no debris under it. It may, or it may not, be a Roman mill-stone; but its presence here is, in any case, remarkable. It was 2ft. 6in. in diameter, and five inches deep, with a hole of six and a half inches in the centre; scored and made exactly similar to mill-stones now in use, but of different stone. At one foot from the north-east corner, and for the space of about three feet, the wall was broken down to the level of the floor. There may have been a step here leading into Room No. 3 (next to be described), which was fifteen inches higher than Room No. 2. Here was seen the section of the concrete on which the tesseraeof Room No. 3 was laid; this was composed of coarsely pounded tile and mortar six inches deep. The tessellated floor of Room No. 2 was tolerably perfect excepting towards the south-east, where a portion had been destroyed.
   Room No. 3 has a tessellated floor of a different pattern, consisting of a central portion of fret labyrinth, with three
   * This red concrete cornice was visible in other parts along the west wall.

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