Replica Iron Age roundhouse
- The replica Iron Age roundhouse was constructed in the 1990s. It has been furnished for the period c. 50 AD during the Roman occupation of Britain.
- The floor is made of rammed chalk and flint creating a hard surface, similar to roundhouses excavated in the Chilterns.
- The thatched roof weighs two tons and is supported by wooden rafters.
- There is no chimney. The smoke from the hearth filters through the thatch, leaving a tarry deposit which helps preserve the roof.
- The Iron Age roundhouse is used for school workshops.
- Sketches from popular children’s television program Horrible Histories have been filmed around our Iron Age roundhouse along with a variety of other programs.
- Our Iron Age roundhouse is now licenced for civil wedding ceremonies
Things to do:
- Come and explore the Iron Age roundhouse and smell the woodsmoke from the fire.
- Hold some replica Roman pottery, dress as a Celt and see how they would grind their flour.
- Explore the Iron Age Garden.
- Can you find the fridge?