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The Roman building measures 10m by 5.6m. The walls are of mass cob with a c.0.8m thickness reaching to a height of 2.5m. Internally there is a raised Roman-concrete floor on top of stone slabs supported on each corner by terra cotta tile columns called pillae, 0.6m high.
This will be used for an underfloor hypocaust system that will be fed heat from an external furnace at the back of the building. The hot air will exit below the roof via box tile flues built into the wall at intervals.
The floor will have a central mosaic based on designs known from Somerset villas. The plastered walls will be painted in colours and styles known from the Roman period (which means outrageous and garish!).
The roof is 5.6m high and consist of four oak trusses, purlins and rafters, with boarding on top. Covering this are Roman style tegulae and imbrices roof tiles. The gable ends above the cob are filled with wattle and daub.
The hypocaust has been fired on three occasions and seems to draw well. The roof is weatherproof and soon the windows will be in.