Other nearby Roman Sites
There have been a number of other Roman finds around East Farleigh that add to the picture that we have of the area during the Roman period. Two cremation burials were found in December 1845, one of which was apparently in a stone lined cist just off Gallants Lane (5). There were several small pots found including a Samian patera (a small shallow plate or bowl), with the Potters stamp 'HABICNSM', along with two Roman coins, one identified as Faustina, wife of Antoninus Pius.
In 1841 a cremation burial was found further along the river at 'Bydews' on Tovil Hill, (not shown on map).
In 1843 an urn with handles was discovered in the front garden of the Parsonage on Lower Road (6).
It may be significant (or it may not), that the excavated buildings are not exactly aligned to the Medway, rather they seem to point to the possible site of the buildings found in the 19th century at Barming.
1. Possible Roman 'villa' at Barming
2. Roman Coin of Allectus found in the 1830's.
3. Site of possible Roman buildings found/removed in the 1830's.
4. Cremation urn and nearby hearth found by MAAG in 2013.
5. Two cremation burials found in 1845.
6. An 'urn' with handles was found in 1843 and maybe the site of Roman burials.
To explore these references further here are some links usefully compiled by Debbie Goacher:
p.73 onwards mentions the original finds of the pottery; also coin(s) found in 'Combe Town' ?that are illustrated in 'Smith's Topography' mentioned.
J. Smith, 1839 Topography of Maidstone and its environs, and directory of the clergy, gentry, tradesmen, etc. of Maidstone, and also correct addresses of the nobility, clergy, gentry, etc. residing in the vicinityAvailable online at Google Books:
Pages 56 & 57 relate to East Farleigh with figure showing plan and coin between.
Arch Cant 1939 Vol 51 p204-5 Available online at:
The biennial Hasted Prize for 2015 has been awarded to MAAG member Dr Elizabeth Blanning for her doctoral thesis 'Landscape, Settlement and Materiality. Aspects of rural life in Kent during the Roman period' and can be accessed at https://kar.kent.ac.uk/47715/
This extensive piece of work looks at the known Roman sites in Kent.