Romano-British Rural Temple

Farley Heath, Surrey

NGRef: TQ0544
OSMap: LR187
Type: Rural Temple, Pottery Kiln.
Roads
NW (3) to Guildford
SE (7) to Alfoldean

A square temple within a temenos in flat country near Albury. The outer portico enclosed a 46½ feet square area within a wall about 2 feet thick, the inner cella wall, around 2¾ feet thick, enclosed an area 24 feet square. Columns were found amongst the ruins. The temple probably faced east. The temple's temenos enclosure was restricted during its later history, and the temple itself destroyed by fire in the early 5th century. (Type Ia)

This rural temple at Farley Heath may mark the border between two British Celtic tribes, the Regnenses of Sussex and East Surrey, and the Atrebates of Berkshire and Hampshire.

As well as the pottery-kiln near the temple there is also a tile-kiln a couple of miles along the road south-east at Wykehurst (TQ0840) near the villa at Ewhurst (TQ0841).

Click here for the RBO Temples and Shrines Index

See: Temples in Roman Britain by M.J.T. Lewis (Cambridge 1966).

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