Tuesday, January 08, 2008

A Brief History of Thanet

I recently asked Michael Child about a reference I found in an old guide-book, to a Roman Sepulchre on which the Dent de Lion castle in Garlinge was built.

Michael replies:

"Attached is the original reference from Lewis who was writing in the early 1700s I have scanned the relevant pages for you. See pp 150 *A.D. 1703 Lacrymatory from the Latin supposed to be the vessels in which Roman mourners left their tears in tombs.

I think the writer of your guide book read Lewis and has added bits albeit somewhat diluted.

There have been a number of Roman burial sites found in Thanet mostly dating from the 2nd century, Roman occupation of the uk was from AD 43 to AD 442 with the Wantsum channel defences being most significant in this area."

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Michael Child said...

A few further notes, the Gatehouse pictured and still there today probably dates from the early 1400s it and its associated walls would have been a defence for the medieval mansion that Lewis mentions, this was demolished in the mid 1700s to make way for another mansion the grounds of which were later opened as tea gardens.

There are at least two historical suggestions why such a large fortification was built to defend a house.

One is that Marcellus Dent De Lion was abbot of St Augustine’s (Canterbury) in 1426 and that he built it to show the importance of his family.

Another was in this period of Joan of Arc and all that we were engaged in losing Normandy and there was a growing fear of invasion.