Scarborough Roman villa: Councillor hopes site could become future tourist attraction

Last week, a discovery was made at a housing development in the Eastfield area of Scarborough of the remains of a Roman villa.

By Carl Gavaghan, Local Democracy Reporting Service
Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 1:12 pm
Updated Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 8:34 am

The layout of this type of villa has never previously been found in Britain and it is thought it could even be the first example to be uncovered in the whole of the former Roman Empire.

Archaeologists and experts have said they have never seen anything like this discovery before; and that a circular central room is unusual and of particular interest.

The remains were found by archaeologists beneath a building site for a housing development last year, before work stopped due to coronavirus, and have kept it secret for more than a year and a half.

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An aerial view of the site in Eastfield. (Photo: Lukasz Wajdyk)

Inspector of ancient monuments Keith Emerick said that due to the fragile nature of the stones uncovered they would be "recorded, conserved and then reburied."

Though it is not the first time Roman discoveries have been made on the Yorkshire Coast.

In a meeting of Scarborough Council's cabinet today, which discussed the councils strategy to encourage tourists back to the borough, a councillor revealed his thoughts on the site in Eastfield.

Cllr Tony Randerson, an Eastfield ward councillor, said he hoped that the villa could become an attraction in the future.

He added: “We have always been known as Britain’s first resort, clearly we were also the Romans' first resort as well.”