Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Reculver Towers - Day Three

Day one & two HERE

On Day Three - I packed Mum and Milou into the back of my car, well not literally but into the back seats, and trundled, not unlike Postman Pat to Reculver. Which is just three miles east of the bay. I've visited this many times. With family, on school and cycle trips and ' a deux' as lovers lane is on the way. Nuff said.

The famous Reculver Roman Fort/ Towers is now sitting precariously on the edge of the cliff. Literally three feet away from disaster.  When the Roman fort first came into existence some 2o0o years ago. It probably consisted of trenches and a wooden structure, not dissimilar to the first incarnation of Hadrians wall. This too was soon replaced by a stone structure. The southern remnants represent the original building c 693AD. 

From Wikipedia- "Called "Regulbium", the fort guarded the north end of what were then the broad waters of the Wantsum Channel, which separated the Isle of Thanet from the rest of Kent, and was open to shipping. Recent archaeological excavation has shown that the site had been occupied in pre-historic times, and it is of interest that the name "Regulbium" is Celtic  in origin, probably meaning "at the promontory", or similar. The place is elevated above the surrounding countryside, and it still sits on a slight promontory today. In old english, the place-name became corrupted to "Raculf", ultimately giving rise to the modern "Reculver".

While the churchyard to the north of the church has long since been lost to the sea, together with a large proportion of the Roman fort, Reculver continues to be threatened by the retreating coastline. The cliffs between Reculver and Herne Bay, which rise up to 30 metres (98 ft) in height, are highly vulnerable to erosion since they are composed of soft sand and clays, originally laid down in shallow seas about 60 million years ago. Consequently the coastline is receding extremely quickly, threatening residents and the local tourism industry. At present the area remains inadequately protected, and the provision of adequate sea defences is still under debate."

(click on images to enlarge)

back view of the front towers 

the view  over the south end over the Isle Of Thanet (although no longer an Island)

the roman remains

see how near the cliff edge it is...

view from south end and cliff edge

map showing then and now (click to enlarge)

room with a view

19C dedication

Milou enjoying the space

Day one & two HERE


  1. stunning! oh how i missed getting to see all of those lovely places. only one i got to was the white cliffs in dover. one day, we plan to go back and hit many more! thanks for shariing the beautiful photos!!


  2. Saz, not sure what happened to my comments here yesterday - Disappeared into that light sea breeze from sunny Kent - I enjoyed this visit, and Milou is such a darling.

    Your mum is a star, just like her mum was before her, n'est-ce pas?!

    All that beauty in the genes, Saz - You are soooo lucky and will probably grow to age fantastically, you swinelet you!

    I hope you are well and good, my darling - It's good to have you back, and you were very much missed - I'm glad you had a fabulous time chez les parentals xxx

  3. Those are wonderful shots. Fabulous structures and such. I'd like to visit there some day.

  4. You jogged my memory. Not that I remember Reculver, but, as a child, I lived in the area and I can remember the name. Various members of the family 'walked to Reculver' etc. Now I can put a 'face' to the name.

  5. We did have a fab. time, and the pics enlarge beautifully my gifted gal.And still Sundays to go?

    Think it should have been 2.000 rather than two hundred?


  6. Amazing. How did they do it? Really nice.

  7. Stunning. I had forgotten just how lovely it is over that way.

  8. Thank you for all of the wonderful information!

    What a lovely place it is. Shame if it falls into the sea someday, but I have to say that I admire you Brits for your attitude. Over here, we'd have seven congressional committees arguing over how to safeguard it from crumbling and erecting fences to keep people out, as they might hurt themselves (instead of giving people credit for using their brains and staying away from dangerous bits) and calling for a rise in taxes to pay for shoring up the cliffs and then having five environmental groups saying they can't do it because it will kill some previously unknown and loathsome species of sea slug.

  9. Very interesting photos. Makes me wish I was there with you. Have fun.

  10. I find this bitter sweet. I love historical buildings. It's sad that nothing has been done to safe this beautiful piece of history. It was even more precious back in it's own day.

    Society lacks such appreciation for our history.


  11. Wow ... that's quite stunning, to see it so close. No doubt, one winter's day in a howling gale, it will start to fall over the edge. An awe-inspiring mental image.

  12. Amazing photos! I must admit, I dropped by because of your title: Fat, frumpy, and fifty - yep, that pretty accurately describes me.
    Now I'm hooked!

  13. I loved this, Saz! I'm always interested in seeing places I've never been, especially through the eyes of a blog-pal, with personal story and thoughts. A cute white doggie never hurts either. Thank you; I'm so glad you had a good visit w/your parents.

  14. Lovely images. They bring such a great dimension to this blog, which already had so much going for it.

  15. Continually the history blows my mind. History here is a falling down shack.

  16. Oh what a shame about the Roman stones disappearing into the sea...I'm heartbroken!


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Take the weight of your feet, draw up a chair and pour yourself a cuppa. Leave your troubles at the door and together we shall ride out the storms.
I will walk a while in your shoes...

Saz x