18 Bull Plain
Hertford
SG14 1DT
01992 582686
Collections: Roman Corn Dryer
Roman Corn Dryer from Foxholes Farm in Hertford Museum Stores

In 1975, excavations at Foxholes Farm revealed a virtually complete 4th century Roman corn drying oven. The oven would have been used to dry barley, carbonised grains of which were found in the stokehole, prior to brewing beer.

The oven would have had a wooden floor on which the barley would rest. The fire in the stokehole warmed the air in the channels beneath, like an under floor heating system.

The corn dryer, which weighs around 20 tonnes, was removed in two pieces and relocated to our stores where it was reassembled and remains today. It is the only Roman corn drying oven 'in captivity' in the UK.

The corn dryer can be viewed on Stores Open Days or by appointment. Please contact the Curator for further information. 01992 582686 hertfordmuseum@btconnect.com

Roman Corn Dryer from Foxholes Farm in Hertford Museum Stores
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