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Offline cazzandrew

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Re: Northfleet Roman Buildings
« Reply #12 on: August 08, 2018, 19:31:39 »
I used to visit this when a child - presume it was the Roman bath house - about 8 feet square from memory - tiles were in very good condition and picture nearly complete. Always hoped that the train station would make a museum at the area showcasing the tiles.  Tried occasionally to find photos since  but no luck - we didn't bother as we could always go and see it!

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Re: Northfleet Roman Buildings
« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2011, 21:39:27 »
I've just found the site marked on 1923 OS on Old Maps, comparing it to modern maps it looks pretty much under, or on the RH edge of Ebbsfleet Station car park

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Re: Northfleet Roman Buildings
« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2011, 17:06:09 »
I've just found the site marked on 1923 OS on Old Maps, comparing it to modern maps it looks pretty much under, or on the RH edge of Ebbsfleet Station car park

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Re: Northfleet Roman Buildings
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2011, 16:53:31 »
The first and third descriptions in seafordpete's post of 5 May above both refer to the site.
A villa estate at Northfleet near the mouth of the Ebbsfleet, dating to the second century AD.
The site consists of at least 3 buildings, extensively robbed. The surviving parts seem to be of a wing of a house with 3 rooms and a corridor.
The building to the North (right of plan) is a bathhouse. Source: The Cantiaci, Alex Detsicas.
The Archaeology of Kent to AD 800, Ed J H Williams, suggests that the site may be a small harbour and trading site with evidence of use down to the end of the Roman period. The building is beside a substantial oak wharf.
The site was re-excavated in advance of the new Ebbsfleet railway station and a Anglo-Saxon watermill discovered.
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Re: Northfleet Roman Buildings
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2011, 14:02:48 »
From Archsearch, These seem the only large works on roman finds near the GRs given
Description
Project funded by Associated Cement Manufacturers Ltd. Photographs are held in files, (ref L.921 & 913.37). Files entitled, "Photography: Roman Sites & Discoveries, Northfleet, Southfleet etc".
Location
NORTHFLEET; SWANSCOMBE AND GREENHITHE; DARTFORD; KENT; England
OSGB Grid ref. - TQ 61 74
Lat/Lon (OSGB36) - 000 19 E 51 26 N
Subject type and period
VILLA, Roman
BATHS, Roman
KILN, Roman
Project dates
1909 - 1911
Intervention type
Excavation
Responsible for Work
Dartford District Antiquarian Society
Paper/microfilm archive: location
Gravesend Public Library
Artefact archive: location
Dartford Borough Museum
Archive contents
PHOTOGRAPH - PRINT
Bibliographic references
STEADMAN,W.H./1913/EXCS OF A ROMAN SITE AT NORTHFLEET/
The Dartford Antiquary 1//
Victoria County History of Kent 3/1932/122,128
Resource Name (description)
 English Heritage NMR Excavation Index for England
Depositor's Id No.
639235


Description
Roman Small Town 1st to C5th with probable specialised Religious Functions
Location
GRAVESHAM; GRAVESHAM; KENT; ENGLAND
OSGB Grid ref. - TQ 6215 7224
OSGB Grid ref. - TQ 6203 7243
OSGB Grid ref. - TQ 6174 7246
Lat/Lon (OSGB36) - 000 19 57 E 51 25 31 N
Lat/Lon (OSGB36) - 000 19 51 E 51 25 37 N
Lat/Lon (OSGB36) - 000 19 36 E 51 25 39 N
Subject type
DITCH, INHUMATION CEMETERY, KILN, SUB SURFACE DEPOSIT, TEMPLE, TOWN
Period
ROMAN
Record maintainer (Contact details)
English Heritage, National Monuments Record
Resource Name (description)
 English Heritage National Inventory (NMR)
Depositor's Id No.
TQ 67 SW 6
Accessioned
15 Sep, 2004

Description
Site of possible Roman villa or industrial building revealed by excavations. Two wells, a lime kiln, roof and flue tiles, painted plaster, tesserae and pottery have been recovered. A bath building with mosaics was also excavated. The site was occupied into the 4th century AD. Evidence for possible Iron age occupation of the site was also found.
Location
SWANSCOMBE AND GREENHITHE; DARTFORD; KENT; ENGLAND
OSGB Grid ref. - TQ 6160 7408
Lat/Lon (OSGB36) - 000 19 31 E 51 26 31 N
Subject type
BATH HOUSE, COIN, FIND, LIME KILN, SETTLEMENT, SUB SURFACE DEPOSIT, TESSERA, VESSEL, VILLA, WELL
Period
IRON AGE, ROMAN
Record maintainer (Contact details)
English Heritage, National Monuments Record
Resource Name (description)
 English Heritage National Inventory (NMR)
Depositor's Id No.
TQ 67 SW 38
Type
Collection
Accessioned
15 Sep, 2004


Site of a possible Romano British ritual pit filled with large amounts of animal bones dating from the mid 1st to mid 2nd century AD.
Location
SWANSCOMBE AND GREENHITHE; DARTFORD; KENT; ENGLAND
OSGB Grid ref. - TQ 610 742
Lat/Lon (OSGB36) - 000 19 01 E 51 26 36 N
Subject type
ANIMAL REMAINS, FIND, PIT, SUB SURFACE DEPOSIT, VESSEL
Period
50 - 150, ROMAN
Record maintainer (Contact details)
English Heritage, National Monuments Record
Resource Name (description)
 English Heritage National Inventory (NMR)
Depositor's Id No.
TQ 67 SW 70
Type Collection Accessioned 15 Sep, 2004

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Re: Northfleet Roman Buildings
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2011, 13:26:29 »
I have a copy of an Ordnance survey map of Northfleet dated 1907. Unfortunately it doesn't cover the whole area but it shows a number of tramway lines coming together and going by an embankment and possibly under a road. This area (for those who know it) would be at the Springhead road junction with The Hill By the Catholic church but in the quarry. The Springhead villa site is a couple of miles away.
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Re: Northfleet Roman Buildings
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2011, 12:01:52 »
Unfortunately the book does not specify the site's location.

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Re: Northfleet Roman Buildings
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2011, 09:54:22 »
I have seen several 'tramways' marked on maps in the industrial area.
I believe these were used by the cement works, not passenger carrying.
Probably horse drawn. They were narrow gauge.
There was a set of tracks along the middle of the Shore road from Bevan's works to Robins wharf that were only removed in the 1970s.
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Re: Northfleet Roman Buildings
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2011, 23:53:22 »
Where in Norhfleet was this? I know of the Springhead site and remember a big excavation there again when the old rail bridge was removed over the A2 before the widening before the current widening. Must have been about 1990 but this site looks smaller than Springhead and with 'Tramway' marked it could be on the London Rd A226.

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Re: Northfleet Roman Buildings
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2011, 13:34:52 »
Thats good to know, quite often artifacts are sent to the big museums where locals find it hard to view them.  I will see if I can find a list of items found  :)

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Re: Northfleet Roman Buildings
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2011, 12:31:18 »
Kyn - I believe some of the artefacts recovered are at the Chantry Heritage centre in Gordon Park, Gravesend now.

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Northfleet Roman Buildings
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2011, 09:55:39 »
Roman buildings were uncovered in Northfleet in the early 1900s, these were partly excavated during the years 1909-11.  During the excavation a few amateur photographs were taken which were, and still may be, held at Gravesend Public Library.  The buildings stood on land owned by A.P.C.M. Ltd. (TQ 616741) when it was excavated by Mr W. H. Steadman in the 20thC.  A.P.C.M. had given Mr Steadman a grant for the excavation, however, it soon ran out before the Roman buildings could be properly excavated.
The site was again excavated on the 1970s by Thameside Archaeological Group after many years of abuse from treasure hunters and other vandals.  Due to road works being carried out it was expected that some if not all of the Roman site would be destroyed.  During the first two weeks large quantities of Roman pottery was uncovered as well as roof and flue tile, painted wall plaster, and tesserae.  A silver washed Antoninianus of Valerian II, minted post-humously in 268 A.D., was also found, the obverse carries a radiated head and the inscription “DIV CAES VALERIANO”, with the reverse having “CONSECRATIO” inscribed.


 

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