A Step Back in Time

Monday 03 May 2021

Time Team is currently releasing classic episodes of its Channel 4 show on YouTube. Originally aired in April 2006, the latest episode to be released for free viewing is The Taxman’s Tavern: Roman Mansion (S13-E12) based at Alfoldean near Horsham. Christ’s Hospital and some of the pupils (6th form archaeology students) were featured in the episode, many helping with the dig. It also includes mention of archaeologist Samuel Edward Winbolt, a CH pupil from 1876 to 1887 and a member of the teaching staff from 1892 to 1927.

In this episode the team travel to Alfoldean to uncover a mansion, an official Roman coaching inn. Located on Stane Street – now the A29 – the mansion was at the heart of a much larger community and the archaeologists uncover structures and finds that suggest Alfoldean was once a thriving village.

Watch the episode here: