Richborough is situated on the East Coast of Kent at the
entrance to what was the entrance to the Watsum channel during
Roman times, an important sea lane cutting between the mainland
and the Isle of Thanet to the Thames estuary in the north.
During the middle ages it silted up and is now completely dry.
This is the place that the Romans are first believe to have
landed when they invaded our land.
The remains of the fort
here are very extensive and still stand to a fine height in
The Romans originally built the area up into a
thriving port, and it wasn't until latter on during their period
of occupation that the fort was constructed. When this
happened it is believed that much of the port was demolished to
make way for its construction. Also demolished was a vast marble
faced monumental arch which stood here to celebrate the
conquering of these Isles. (the only one known to have been
built in England) The foundations of this can still be
seen by clicking on the bottom thumbnail.
After the Romans
left the Saxons built a Church here, the foundations of which
At the other end of the Watsum Channel was the Roman
Port of RECULVER, follow this
link to discover more.
To return return to the top click HERE
Above shows a section of the North Wall
Click on picture to get a better view of it.
The South Wall
The North Wall
The Triumphal Arch Foundation