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Combley Roman Villa

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‘Once, I am told, in every generation, the reigning Fleming unearths the Roman Villa, has a look, and buries it again. The Villa is on Combley Farm, buried deeply. In 1910, my father, with old William Salmon the estate bailiff in charge, and several men armed with spades and picks, started to work uncovering it. Soon a deputation of experts arrived from London, who knew we had a villa. They protested, and beseeched Dad to let them handle it in an expert fashion; they wept at the sight of old William and his pick. But no, Dad would have none of it and told them to go away.’ -Ida Willis Fleming (1894-1976)

Combley Roman Villa was a site of archeological importance at Combley on the Isle of Wight Estates.


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