Record Details

NHER Number:21729
Type of record:Monument
Name:Former site of the Roydon Head Roman statue


A life-sized carved marble head of the Roman emperor Antoninus Pius (AD 138 to 150) was installed at this location for many years and functioned as a bollard to protect the verge from passing traffic. It was sold at auction in 1990.


  • The head of a Roman marble statue of Antonius Pius  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TM 0944 8089
Map Sheet:TM08SE

Full description

September 1985. Seen on side of road, northeast side of Banyard's Lane.
Life-size marble head, very fine Classical work, Grand Tour piece?
A. Gregory (NAU), 24 September 1985.

31 August 1989.
Life size marble head now identified as the emperor Antoninus Pius ('Formia' type). Genuine Roman date AD 138 to 150.
See correspondence (S1) and parallels in file. Press cutting (S2) in file.
D. A. Gurney (NAU), 31 August 1989.

Sold at auction. See (S2) for further details.
A. Beckham (HES), 29 July 2016.

Monument Types

  • STATUE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Associated Finds

  • FIGURINE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
<S1>Correspondence: Walker, S (British Museum). 1989. Letter to D. Gurney (NAU). 8 August.
<S2>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1990. Valuable marble 'bollard'. 12 July.

Related records - none

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