"Roman Baths" Welwyn Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld

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In 1960, local archaeologist Tony Rook saw Roman tiles in the bank of the River Mimram. He began a training dig and after 10 years of excavation, the Roman baths (located to the east of the village under the A1(M) motorway) were fully uncovered - just as the route was announced for the building of the motorway that would be built straight through the site. The baths are protected 9 metres under the motorway and can be accessed via a tunnel but some other buildings were completely lost.

The Welwyn Baths are a small part of the Dicket Mead villa, a Roman ruin which was originally built in the 3rd century AD. The complex was probably part of a farm, and may have also formed a country retreat for a wealthy merchant from London or St. Albans. It has also been speculated that it might have been at least in part the equivalent of an hotel, lying as it does near the Roman roads from London to Chester. The baths feature a frigidarium (cold room), tepidarium (warm room), caldarium (hot room) and hypocaust (under floor heating system).

Open: 2-5pm Saturdays. Admission: 1.50

Directions: Junction 6 of the A1(M). Follow the brown signs.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jun 2, 2009
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