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CHESTERTON Warwickshire, England.

A small settlement on the Fosse Way near Warwick. The defenses enclose a polygonal area of ca. 3.2 ha and are of two periods. They were constructed in the late 2d c. and after the middle of the 4th c. a stone wall 3.3 in thick and gates were added. At the same time the ditches were recut, making the large single ditch to be seen on the ground today. The N gate, excavated in 1961, had a single portal, with towers projecting inwards from the wall on each side. There is evidence of interior buildings, some with stone foundations. Excavations have shown building and rebuilding from the Antonine period on, and graves on the tail of the rampart indicate continuity into the 5th and 6th c. The settlement extends for a considerable area around the enclosure, and a villa is known ca. 1.6 km to the SE at Ewe Field Farm.


VCH Warwickshire 1 (1904) 234-35; gates: JRS 52 (1962) 170-72; 58 (1968) 188; Trans. Birmingham Arch. Soc. 49 (1923) 58-60; excavation reports forthcoming.


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