A Roman Adventure With Keat Farm

30.09.2016 - General

One of the great things about Kent is that throughout history, it has been of strategic importance whether in defence from invaders, or in the eyes of the invading parties, a prime place to land and secure. As a result settlements, buildings, landmarks and items of significance dating back centuries can be found in Kent.

One of the periods of history that fascinates history enthusiasts worldwide is the Roman Empire. During the Roman occupation of ‘Britannia’ Kent provided a key route from the coast to the rest of the territory, some of which can be seen today through points of interest across the county.

During your stay at one of our parks why not take a journey back in time and imagine life in the time of the Romans. Here is a quick guide to what you can see in Kent.

Richborough Roman Fort & Amphitheatre – There is much significance about Richborough, near Sandwich, as it is believed to be the site of the Romans’ successful invasion in 43AD with remains of a triumphal arch possibly marking the spot. A fortification was built here in the 3rd Century and remains of an early Christian church exist.
Reculver Towers and Roman Fort – As you drive either way along the A299, between St Nicholas at Wade and Herne Bay, you will see towards the coast an isolated structure. These are the remains of a 12th Century church which are within the boundaries of a 3rd Century Roman fort at ‘Regulbium’. This fortification on the North coast would have linked via the Wantsum Channel to Richborough.
Canterbury Roman Museum – Right in the city centre you will step down into the remains of an original Roman town house. Within the museum you can see artefacts, tools, utensils, jewellery as well as mosaics and recreated rooms.
Roman Painted House – Discovered in the early 1970’s a ‘mansio’ or hotel from the 3rd Century can be visited in Dover. Astonishingly the walls have been so well preserved that they are in the same condition as they would have been in AD 270. How? Well, the Romans expanded a fortification which meant demolishing part of the building (but not all) and the remaining walls were used to support the fort wall. These were then backfilled with rubble which sealed them against decay.
And further afield…

Lullingstone Roman Villa – It is quite a drive from our parks but this Roman villa from AD 100 is an example of a luxurious dwelling.

Take a look at our article on ‘wonders to discover in Kent‘.

For further details and information, feel free to contact our Keat Farm team.

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