Traces of early work apart from those already mentioned were generally
shown to have been obliterated in the course of alterations to the church,
notably the addition of the south aisle and chapel and the reconstruction
of the present chancel with its well known timber rood screen. These
operations, together with the erection of the porch, appear to belong to a
single period of work and can be ascribed with some degree of certainty to
the time of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon on the strength of the
carved rose and pomegranate which appear in the spandrels of the doorway
to the rood stair, the latter motif being repeated in a band of carving
throughout the length of the screen.
It was clear that the floor-level of the nave and aisle was several inches
higher in the sixteenth century than it is now, and there was apparently a
rise of two steps to the chancel and south chapel. Late burial vaults of
local families were visible beneath the floors of both chapels.
A copy of the full report on the excavations has been lodged with the
K.A.S. Library. This contains acknowledgements of the valuable assistance
received from various quarters, but the enthusiastic cooperation of the
Rev. V. S. Edwards, M.A., Vicar of Shoreham, should be mentioned here ; he
made the investigation not only possible but a particular pleasure to
PROBABLE ROMAN INTERMENT AT DEAL
Two first-century vessels were found 100 yards south-west of Douglas
Avenue, of Mill Hill, Deal, in a disused chalk quarry. Grid. Ref. TQ (51)
362512 (East Kent No. 173).
They were discovered by the father of Mr. R. A. Adamson of West Wickham,
Kent, in about 1890. They appear to indicate the presence of an urn field,
of which this is a solitary example. The vessels are now in the possession
of Mr. R. I. Little.
(See Belgic site near at hand. "Iron age C ".)
(a). Urn of soft black ware, height 7¼ in., diameter, 5½ in., base,
in. Restored from fragments and showing characteristic first century
features, such as cordoning, and pecked decoration. This vessel was
presumably used as a receptacle for ashes.
(b). Samian patera. Form 18. Height, 1½ in., diameter, 6¾ in., base
3¼ in. Stamped BASSI, the work of the potter Bassus from La Graufesenque.
This specimen is in almost perfect condition, and shows defects due to
impurities in the clay body. Claudian-Vespasian.A.D. 40-80.
K. D. Hore