Tockenham

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Tockenham
Tockenham is located in Wiltshire
Tockenham
Tockenham
 Tockenham shown within Wiltshire
OS grid reference SU039793
Unitary authority Wiltshire
Ceremonial county Wiltshire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WOOTTON BASSETT
Postcode district SN4
Police Wiltshire
Fire Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament North Wiltshire
List of places
UK
England
Wiltshire

Coordinates: 51°31′N 1°57′W / 51.51°N 1.95°W / 51.51; -1.95

St Giles's church, Tockenham

Tockenham is a village and civil parish in Wiltshire, England. Its nearest town is Royal Wootton Bassett, about 3 miles (4.8 km) away to the north east.

Parish Church[edit]

The Church of England parish church is dedicated to St Giles', and it dates to the 13th century. Its registers survive for the following dates: Christenings 1653-1991, Marriages 1655-1999, Burials 1653-1992.[1] Built into the south wall of the Church is a well-preserved Roman statue. At one time thought to be St Christopher, it was later claimed to be Aesculapius. In 1978 Jocelyn Toynbee identified it as a Genius loci statue, and as such is a pre-Christian Roman religious item, assumed to be from the nearby villa complex. The Church walls contain a number of Roman dressed stones and tiles in amongst the medieval masonry.[2]

Meadow Court, Tockenham, is an 18th-century country house designed by the potter-architect Nathaniel Ireson (1685–1769).[3]

A detailed parish history was published by the Wiltshire Victoria County History as part of its volume IX, Kingsbridge hundred (1970).

Roman villa[edit]

A Roman villa at Tockenham was excavated by the archaeological television programme Time Team in 1994.[2] As a result of the geophysical survey, sample trenches, and environmental core samples, the site was subsequently scheduled to give it legal protection,[4] Based on pottery finds, the site was occupied from the mid 2nd century to the late 4th century. Although no complete mosaic floors were found, tesserae and painted plaster were both found in some numbers, suggesting a major building phase in the 4th century.[2]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Tockenham at genuki.org.uk
  2. ^ a b c Harding, P.A.; Lewis, C. (1997). "Archaeological Investigations at Tockenham, 1994". Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine 90: 26–41. 
  3. ^ Binney, Marcus (2008-10-03). "Meadow Court in Wiltshire is up for sale for £2.95 million". London: The Times. 
  4. ^ Scheduling data for Romano-British villa complex 330m north west of Queen Court Farm, Tockenham, 15 February 1999.

External links[edit]