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Account of travel and excavations on Roman roads, Wiltshire

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Account of travel and excavations on Roman roads, Wiltshire
1803-1805, with later additions
Level of description
Extent and format
Three volumes: ff. i + 87, iv + 70, i + 35.
Leather binding, red.
Scope and content
An account of travels of Sir Richard Colt Hoare, 2nd Bt., and others to follow the line of Roman roads in Wiltshire, together with notes on the excavation of barrows, etc. Mostly in the hand of Sir Richard Hoare. Three volumes:-

Vol. I. An account of the Foss Road, 3-6 May 1805 (fols. 1-25), followed (fols. 26-87) by a copy, with some pen sketches, of a report by the Rev. John Skinner, FSA, of his travels with Philip Crocker, surveyor and draughtsman to Sir Richard Hoare, to investigate Roman roads, 13-17 Oct. 1819;-

Vol. II. Roman roads, 1803-5, together with accounts of barrows near Woodyeats, 1804 (fols. 38-56), and a poem (fols. 57-60), beginning 'Let me, let me sleep again', by W. Lisle Bowles, Oct. 1804, inspired by his investigation of antiquities;-

Vol. III. Notes from bibliographic sources on ditches and camps, followed (fols. 14-22) by an investigation of Wansdyke, etc., 1812, and further accounts of Roman roads (fols. 23-35). Most of the material in these volumes relates to Hoare's Ancient Wiltshire, II, pt. 2, Roman Era (1821).

A partial transcript is available. Please contact the archive for details.
Skinner, John (1772-1839), rector of Camerton, antiquary
Previous reference number(s)
Archival history
Stourhead sale, Sotheby's, 30 July 1883, lot 917, consisted of two volumes conc. Roman roads in Wiltshire. Purchased in 1885.
Related units of description
For other material relating to Sir Richard Hoare see CUN (was MS 217), WOK (was MS 846) and drawings by Wilmot-Pilsbury in SA Prints and Drawings Collections.

An index to Skinner's archaeological illustrations can be found online (via the Wayback Machine) at https://web.archive.org/web/20140428022025/http://www.chert.org.uk/CHERT-Skinner%20Index%20to%20drawings.pdf.