ITV Television visits the Roman House at Dover.
 

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ITV Television visits the Roman House at Dover.

As part of an exciting brand new series, ITV Television has recently spent many hours filming inside the Roman Painted House, in New Street, Dover. The series, entitled Britain's Secret Homes is shown every Friday at 9.00pm on the main ITV Channel.

It shows 50 'Hidden' gems across both England and Wales, covering a wide range of Homes from Roman to Victorian times. The best ten, which includes the Dover House, will be shown on Friday 5th July, at 9.00pm. The presenters are Bethany Hughes and Michael Buerk.

Gerald Clewley, one of the original team which discovered the House way back in 1970, together with Brian Philp, and both still working on the site after more than 40 years, said This is a great series. Our Roman House was a major mansio (hotel) in Roman times, where the Emperor Septimius Severus, his family and retinue, would have stayed on their recorded long journey from Rome to Scotland. The inclusion of the Dover mansio in the major ten 'Homes' just established our site as a premium one in Britain.

The Painted House is managed and staffed entirely by volunteers working on behalf of the Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit which discovered the site during its very long series of excavations across the ancient town. More than 600,000 visitors from all over the World have visited the site with a special visit from HM Queen Mother in 1986.

The site is open every day (except Mondays) to the middle of September, from 10.00am until 5.00pm. Admission is only £3 and only £2 for concessions. New Street lies very close to the Market Square and is signposted from all approach roads. School parties are particularly welcome.

Contact : Edna Mynott on 01689 860939 or 01304 203279.

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