Silchester is a village and civil parish in the English county of Hampshire. It is best known for the adjacent archaeological site and Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum, which was first occupied by the Romans in about AD 45 and includes what is thought to be the best-preserved Roman wall in Great Britain.
The medieval parish church of St Mary stands just within the old Roman walled town, probably on the site of a Roman temple. It has a fine rood screen, an interesting canopied pulpit and several minor church monuments.
The village public house is called the Calleva Arms, a reference to Calleva Atrebatum, the large town Roman town lying near the present village. There is an active community with regular events and village activities through the year including a fun run, village fair, barn dance and music festival Pictures of these and many other community events can be seen at Pete's Silchester Pages The village is also famed for the amateur dramatic society, the Silchester Players.
Silchester was voted "Hampshire Village of the Year" in 2008, in a regional heat of the Calor Village of the Year competition
Michael Fulford, Amanda Clarke & Hella Eckardt. Life and labour in late Roman silchester: excavations in Insula IX since 1997.(Book review)
Jun 01, 2008; MICHAEL FULFORD, AMANDA CLARKE & HELLA ECKARDT. Life and labour in late Roman Silchester: excavations in Insula IX since...