Tackley Local History Group

Tackley Local History Group

Roman mosaic feasibility study

The mosaic floor uncovered at Street Farm is going to be donated to the village and put on public display. The parish council sub-committee leading this effort has now completed its feasibility study.

Download the feasibility study (PDF)

Information about the project is now on display in the village hall coffee shop. John Perkins will be there on Friday, 5 April from 2 to 4 pm and on Friday, 12 April from 5 to 6:30 pm to discuss the feasibility study and answer any questions you may have.

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Digging Tackley’s Past Historic Sites Tackley Through Time Roman Villa Objects Pottery Days

Dig Dates

We continue to dig and scrape in the three trenches at Gibraltar Point, and new volunteers are always welcome. We also need help with washing the finds we have so far, so that they can be identified and catalogued. If you would like to give a hand you will be very welcome. Supervised children are also welcome. We will be at the site on:

If you’re new to the project, please see Digging Tackley’s Past.

Tackley Through Time

Old black-and-white photograph of the Nethercott end of Tackley showing people gathered in the street for the camera

Our exhibition in St Nicholas’ Church, Tackley Through Time, is now on. Many of our members have been involved in this project — researching and writing, drawing maps, collating finds, and producing the display panels. The display is open when the church is open, so do take the opportunity to visit and discover more about our village’s history. A full-colour, 24‑page booklet about the exhibition and Tackley’s history, Tackley Through Time, is available priced £8 from Tackley Village Shop and Sue Ashton, suejashton1@btinternet.com.

Roman Villa and Mosaic

Excavations undertaken by Thames Valley Archaeological Services at the housing development at Street Farm between November 2017 and August 2018 have uncovered a complex of Roman buildings, including a villa measuring 60 metres by 25 metres, parts of another large building and a bathhouse with an underfloor central heating system. The complex probably extends under the houses on St John’s Road, the school and the playing fields. The developer, Deanfield Homes, has agreed to donate the mosaic to the village and the Tackley Roman Villa Project has been set up to make this happen.

Open days at the Street Farm site were held in March and June 2018 and the three A1 posters which were produced for the first of these are available to download:

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