Our team of land agents carefully selected this site, recognising it as offering house hunters a great place to live, work and enjoy life. Following archaeological investigations, a fascinating narrative has been unearthed about the Roman settlers who enjoyed the bounties of this stand-out location almost 2,000 years ago.
Rosanna Price, senior illustrator and communications lead for Cotswold Archaeology, reveals all…
The Penns Mount excavations were what an estate agent might call ‘well positioned’, with beautiful, panoramic views over the River Teign estuary. Our fieldwork team uncovered an enclosure (a rectangular perimeter of deep, V-shaped ditches, with a break for entering the settlement housed in its centre), dating to the early Romano-British period (mid to late 1st century AD). Sadly, the site’s former residents left very little behind in the way of artefacts or everyday detritus – even their well was spotlessly clean, but there are a few insights to be seen.
Initial interpretations of this large, early-Roman enclosure were that this was a marching (military) encampment, but the archaeological evidence – based on the shape of the enclosure itself – suggest it likely housed more ordinary people, making use of the rich resources of food provided by the river and nearby sea. A significant quantity of oyster shell was uncovered, suggesting our historic occupants enjoyed a seafood dinner just as much as we do today.
Roman residents of this small domestic settlement would also have taken advantage of the prestige of the location, which would have been a real status symbol; the security of a near 360-degree vantage point, to see any friend or foe who approached; and no doubt equally enjoyed its astounding scenic and sea views.
Once complete, Teign View will be made up of 90 homes and will boast sweeping countryside views from the top of Penns Mount. The development, located on Vicarage Hill, is ideally located for quick access to Exeter, Torquay and Newton Abbot. Just 15 miles by car to the city of Exeter, eight to Torquay, and two to Newton Abbot, you can relax and enjoy the peace and charm of the surrounding area yet still be connected to local towns and amenities.
To find out more about the properties for sale, please call the sales team today on 01626 223 756.