A historian has studied how the Romans mined Kent for Kentish Ragstone
A historian has studied how the Romans mined Kent for Kentish Ragstone to help lay the footprint of the nation’s major infrastructure.
As East Farleigh–based historian Simon Elliott argues, the county played a key role in the development of the Roman province of Britannia, supplying the materials for the construction of infrastructure across the whole of the south east.
Ragstone quarries are dotted around the Medway Valley, and the hard limestone rock has historically been used in the construction of many buildings, including Maidstone Prison and Dover Castle.
In Roman times, ragstone quarries supplied building materials for major towns such as London.
Simon will give a talk next month on the role of the River Medway in the distribution of Kentish Ragstone.
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There are now only two Kentish Ragstone quarries remaining - Hermitage Quarry in Barming and Blaise Farm Quarry near Kings Hill, both operated by Gallagher Aggregates Ltd.
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