Dead sheep discovery
Victor created several new drawings for the book, including this one, which portrays the discovery of the Low Ham mosaic.
The book describes how in
1937, when digging a hole to bury a dead sheep, farmer Herbert
Cook unearthed a fragment of earthenware tile. On a visit to the county museum he showed it to the curator who identified it as part of a tile from a Roman central heating system. The find was donated to the museum and logged, but in 1945, an intrigued 17-year-old called Lionel Walrond, who lived in nearby Pitney, contacted Herbert and they dug another hole near to the sheep’s grave – discovering more fragments. This led to an archaeological dig which uncovered one of the most important roman mosaics ever found in Britain. It was lifted in 1953 and is now in the Museum of Somerset.