must have linked the villa with the
main road from Rochester to Hastings on Blue Bell Hill. Clearly,
this road cannot lie to the south-east of the villa; for, apart
from ditches, evidence for Anglo-Saxon and medieval occupation
in that area, Romano-British debris, so plentiful and close to
the ploughsoil on the slightly rising ground upon which stood
the villa, is noticeably absent. On the other hand, there is
much Romano-British debris, and another probable building to be
examined in 1975, at Site C, close to the main site, where a
length of wall, likely to be the west and north-west perimeter
walls of the estate, and other evidence have been found and date
from as early as the second half of the first century A.D.39
This site is centred, so far as known to date, at a point
between the potteries (Site D) and the large Gault Clay pit at
the rear of the villa where some evidence has already been found
for a road in a section exposed on the face of the pit.40
It is not improbable, therefore, that a road is yet to be found
linking Site D with the Blue Bell Hill road and the villa.41
Furthermore, the Romano-British cemetery, which is still to be
discovered, may be located in the vicinity of this presumed
The Anglo-Saxon settlement connected with the cemetery also
remains to be established though, if the limits of the burial
ground have now been reached, it cannot lie too far away to east
or south-east of the site.
As for the medieval occupation at the south of the site, it is
doubtful whether this may prove of great extent or significance,
even if it is found that it was not of a temporary nature and
connected entirely with the robbing of the villa for the
building of the priory at Aylesford; in any case, the area
available for further examination is very restricted by a large
39 Ibid., lxxxvii (1972), 108.
V.C.H. Kent, iii (1932), 146, 153.
41 Cf. also, above, p. 100 and fig. 1.