Octavia, An Ancient Resident

Gloucester has some fascinating Roman history around it, and I have never really investigated what there is still left to see in the city. Granted they seem to spend their lives digging it up so no wonder they will find evidence of those ancient Romans. Tewkesbury on the other hand does not seem to have been much of a place where Romans removed their caligae and toga before popping into the local bath. Or am I wrong?

Tewkesbury Museum (pictured above) is situated in Barton Street and is housed in a restored seventeenth century building. It is an interesting place to visit although I have never really spent a lot of time there. Unfortunately getting a pic of the museum without a car in front is almost impossible. Parking is a rare commodity in town. 

This post is not really about the museum, but rather about one of it’s inhabitants. Her name is Octavia and she comes to us from the past.  I apologise for the wonky image of the skeleton, but she is laid out in a glass case and I really have to try stitch 2 images together to more or less show the whole case. The image is 1500 x  505

The relevant information cards are as follows:

Unfortunately at the time I did not see anything to indicate where in Tewkesbury the skeletons were found, or what had happened to the other skeleton. I bet that somewhere out there is a book all about this find, and what else may be buried beneath. Given that the town is an old one I would not be surprised if there was a Roman settlement nearby, or maybe even an inn or coach stop similar to that of Letocetum near Lichfield.  

Update 26/09/2021.

I popped into the museum briefly to see whether I could glean any additional info on Octavia but did not find anything that I did not have already. The museum has been shuffled around slightly since I was last there though so here are some more pics. 

Pride of place probably goes to the model fairground on the ground floor. It is by Alfred E. Salt and work was started on it in the early 1950’s. On completion there were 14 tables of working models mostly made of painted wire and wood. More information is available on the Museum Website.

DRW 2021. Created 22/09/2021. Special thanks to the volunteers at the museum who keep it open and look after these important items. 

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