Stoke Ash



A scattered settlement lying beside the A140 and river Dove. A Roman staging post, located along the busy main road which linked Colchester with the heartland of the Iceni rebellion in Norfolk. Recorded in Domesday as "Stoches" or "Stotas".

It has been suggested that the derelict wood-framed building which for many decades stood opposite the White Horse (see the gallery) may have been a lock-up used to house prisoners being transferred between Ipswich and Norwich.

The Roman settlement of Villa Faustini is thought to have stood close to where the pub is; certainly the Romans had a site in the area as the number of pottery and coin finds show.


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Some historical information from English Heritage's National Monuments Record.