in the Dark Ages
- After the Romans
left Britain, some British people,
carried on living in towns like before.
- They lived in their old Roman
houses, but it was difficult to make repairs. No-one was making tiles
or quarrying building stone anymore.
- Some roofs may have been
re-covered with thatch, using reeds or straw.
- Some new buildings were built in
wood. The best examples which archaeologists have found are from
Wroxeter in Shropshire (pictured right).
- Many of these buildings were
lived in by ordinary people.
- Rich lords & kings also
lived in towns. At Wroxeter, a local king
(possibly Vortigern) had a very large wooden
mansion. At Cirencester, a local king turned the old Roman
amphitheatre into a small fort.
- After a while, living
in towns became less popular.