By Levi Clancy for Student Reader on
The Meonstoke Building Facade was constructed after AD 300, fell after AD 353 (sealing a coin of that year beneath it), was discovered by King Alfred's College, and in 1989 was lifted by the British Museum. It was largely intact except for holes cut through when foundations were erected for a wooden structure in the early Anglo-Saxon period (5th-6th centuries CE). The Meonstoke Building Facade belonged to an aisled, barn-like building on a villa estate in Hampshire. The building was laid out in the Roman unit of pes Monetalis (29.6cm), and measured 50pM wide and likely 40pM tall. Its design included greenstone Ionic-style capitals; flint for a rustic appeal; clerestory windows; a blind arcade; and projecting tile cornices atop the windows and arcade. The building had a secular purpose, though it foreshadows the aesthetic goals of Romanesque medieval churches. Perhaps medieval ecclesiastical design had roots in the vernacular of north Britannia.