Channel 4's Rome Wasn't Built in Day
Bringing history to life, a Channel 4 series has rebuilt a high status Roman town house on the site of the fourth largest city in Roman Britain, Wroxeter.
Viewers of the six part series followed the construction – using traditional Roman methods – of ‘Villa Urbana’. Six skilled builders including foreman Jim, plasterer Tim, plumber Kevin, carpenter Fred, brickie Darren and labourer Ben were shown trying to construct an authentic Roman villa, using only tools and materials that were available to the Romans. The villa is for English Heritage and they had just six months for the job.
The Roman villa is open to the public, giving visitors a chance to see the replica and experience first hand what life might have been like in Roman times.
The Wroxeter Hotel which is within walking distance of the Roman site of Viriconium, is where the crew stayed during the making of the TV series.