2. I have found a few small fragments of
rude partially baked pottery, which in texture and colour exactly
resemble Celtic ware.
3. A quantity of pebbles thoroughly reddened by fire are
scattered about on the surface of the ground, and, strange to say, the
other stones (with few exceptions) bear no marks of fire or heat
In these facts I think we have evidence which, though not
conclusive, renders it at least very probable that domestic habitations
at some time existed here. The proportion of "scrapers" (which
were distinctly domestic implements) is too great to allow us to think
that this was merely a hunting-ground, and this fact, together with the
occurrence of burnt pebbles (probably used for heating water in wooden
vessels) and pottery, certainly favours the idea
that this was the site of a village or collection of
dwellings of some sort.
I have found worked flints not only in West Wickham,
but also in the parishes of Hayes and Keston, which, together with the supposed
British pit-dwellings on Hayes Common, seem to render it extremely
probable that this settlement may have had some connection with the
British Oppidum in Holwood Park, Keston. The discovery of these worked
flints is of considerable interest to the antiquary, as West Kent has
not hitherto yielded many relics of this kind.
The upper chalk is found, not far below the surface, at
Moll Costen; and outcrops of chalk occur within a quarter of a mile.