Monday, January 19, 2015

EMAS FIELD TRIP TO ROCHESTER, KENT

EMAS FIELD TRIP TO ROCHESTER, KENT

Saturday, 14th   February 2015

The first field trip of 2015 will be to Roman, Medieval and Post-Medieval Rochester.  Robin Densem and Rosemary Yeaxlee will be our guides to a city possessing a wide range of architectural styles with various historical personages, including the Victorian novelist, Charles Dickens.

Roman Rochester, Durobrivae, (literally “the stronghold by the bridge”), grew up beside the bridge built over the River Medway in 1st century AD.  The main road from Dover to London, better known as Watling Street, passed over this bridge and is still the main east to west street, or High Street, through Rochester.  By the early 3rd century the walls enclosed a Roman town of 9.5 hectares (23 acres).