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Chesters Roman Fort - Commandants House


A close-up of the beautifully preserved hypocaust or under-floor heating supports from the main Commandants house or Praetorium at Chesters. A furnace, tended by a slave, would have been built in the walls with chimneys directing hot air around these pillars which would have supported a stone and perhaps mosaic floor, warming both it and the room. High-status installations like this would have been seen in important villas right across Britain and Roman empire.


Chesters Roman Fort, near Hexham, Northumberland. May 2005.

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