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Archaeologia Cantiana - Vol. 127   2007 page 448

Book Reviews

Bronze Age with ceramic evidence for a subsequent Roman and Post-Medieval presence. The author is to be congratulated on making best use of what he candidly admits to be the problematic archive he inherited.


The Historical Development of the Port of Faversham 1580-1780. By Paul Wilkinson. B/w illustrations and tables throughout. BAR 413, 2006. Paperback, £37.00. ISBN 1-84171-946-3.

Copiously illustrated with over 100 figures in b/w the book contains the following parts – (1) The historical and topographical context of Faversham; (2) Ships and Seamen of the town; (3) Administration of the Port; (4) The cargoes that were carried. Each of these subject areas is broken down into chapters, of which there are 39 in all. There are also 84 tables scattered throughout the book.
   Having had access to Wilkinson’s doctoral thesis written in 1999, when writing Faversham Oyster Fishery through eleven centuries (2002), the present production in two columns with integrated illustrations is a much more splendid work. It is perhaps unfortunate that in the intervening years no effort appears to have been made to update some of the information. For instance in relation to chapter 27 the inclusion of Allen, Cotterill and Pike, ‘The Kentish Copperas Industry’ Archaeologia Cantiana CXXII (2002), pp. 319-334, would have been very useful.
   The reviewer was particularly interested to read on the illustrations on page 119 that over 4,000 posts were surveyed in 1995 and that initial mapping suggests some thirty five separate fish weirs. Fish weirs dated probably from prehistoric and certainly from Saxon times. Our own researches suggested that such fish weirs were mentioned in a Seasalter document as early as 786 and were probably in existence many years before. In the 1330s they were badly damaged by storms and later accounts show that payment was often remitted on account of their decay.
   Nonetheless there is certainly much here to assist the researcher looking into the history of the town and the port. The bibliography of both manuscript and printed sources will provide further information for those that wish to investigate further.


England’s Landscape: The South East. By Brian Short. 256 pp. 121 colour and b/w illustrations and maps. Harper Collins for English Heritage, London, 2006. Hardback. £35.00. ISBN 0 00 715570 0.

English Heritage has produced eight well illustrated volumes on the

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