Slates from the Topsham bakehouse

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Slates from the Topsham bakehouse

The slates come from the roof of a rectangular building, apparently a bakehouse, discovered at Topsham in the 1930s. They illustrate the typical form of Roman roofing tiles. Identification of the geology of the slates shows that they come from the South Hams of Devon, perhaps in the area of Kingsbridge; they must have been carried by water transport.

Acknowledgments: RAM Museum