Archaeology

The Palace & Becket’s Well

The Palace & Becket’s Well

A great tower revealed and a Holy Well

In 1974 a local builder tried to erect infill housing along Bubblestone Road which would have covered over much of the site of the ancient manor house and palace. The Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit were able (in the nick of time) to perform an emergency dig. Such was the quality and importance of what was discovered that building work was stopped and the land purchased for posterity. Today the ruins remain protected for future generations and against future damage. The KARU recorded their excavation details, and then returned the land to a grassed over ‘green field’ site. For more information on the Archbishop’s Palace, click here.

According to folklore, Becket’s Well is alleged to have been created by Thomas Becket striking his staff at this spot. In Tudor times, it was the main source of fresh water to the palace and its moat. At that time, the well was contained within its own structure. As a Medieval culvert created on the spring line where Gault clay meets the chalk ridge, it still continues to provide a continual source of fresh water, today. Further archaeological study is planned and a degree of re-construction is intended to reduce further decay.

The Bronze Age Mount

Their memory lives on

The Bronze Age Mount

Iron-Age Hill Fort

A great hill-fort overlooking the valley

Iron-Age Hill Fort

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The Romano British Cemetery

The Roman way of death

The Romano British Cemetery

Progress Villa

Unearthing a Roman farm

Progress Villa

The Pottery Field

Discvery of local industry

The Pottery Field

The Palace & Becket's Well

A palace and a holy well

The Palace & Becket's Well

Church Field Villa

One of the earliest British centres of Christian worship

Church Field Villa

The Bronze Age Mount

Their memory lives on

The Bronze Age Mount

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The Romano British Cemetery

The Roman way of death

The Romano British Cemetry

Progress Villa

Unearthing a Roman farm

Progress Villa

Pottery Field

Discvery of local industry

Pottery Field

The Palace & Becket's Well

A palace and a holy well

The Palace & Becket's Well

Church Field Villa

One of the earliest British centres of Christian worship

Church Field Villa