Reculver towers & Roman Fort, Kent, UK
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Reculver is a hamlet and coastal resort situated about 3 miles (5 km) east of Herne Bay in southeast England. It is a ward of the City of Canterbury district in the county of Kent. Reculver once occupied a strategic location at the western end of the Wantsum Channel, between the Isle of Thanet and the Kent mainland. This led the Romans to build a small fort, watchtower, lighthouse, and, early in the 3rd century, a “castrum”, called Regulbium, part of the chain of Saxon Shore forts. The military connection continued in World War II, when Barnes Wallis’ “bouncing bombs” were tested in the sea off Reculver.
Reculver retained its importance after the Romans left, as an Anglo-Saxon palace may have been built in the ruins of the Roman fort before a “high cross” and monastery were built there. During the Middle Ages the twin spires of the church became a landmark for mariners known as the “Twin Sisters”, supposedly after daughters of Geoffrey St Clare. The facade of St John’s Cathedral in Parramatta, Australia, is an early 19th century copy of Reculver’s.
Reculver declined in importance as the Wantsum Channel silted up, and coastal erosion claimed many buildings constructed on the soft, sandy cliffs. The village was largely abandoned in the late 18th century, and most of the church was demolished. Protecting the ruins and the rest of Reculver from erosion is an ongoing challenge.
Thanks to everyone who visits & comments on my work
Due to time constraints I’ve decided that I’ll not spend time just saying individual thanks when someone comments on my work. Far better I feel to spend time looking at their portfolio & enjoying & commenting on their work, by way of thanks for visting & commenting on my work.
Of course I’ll say thank you to our hardworking hosts when featured, and sometimes you just have to answer a question, but apart from that I’m in silent mode.