Exploring the importance of Kentish Ragstone in Roman times

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An article appears in today's Kent Messenger and Kentish Express which explores the importance of Kentish Ragstone in Roman times.

As the article says,

"Kentish Ragstone has a fascinating history dating back to Roman Times when Kent quarries played a crucial part in the construction of Roman London.

"It has long been believed that much of Roman London was built from Ragstone quarried in the upper Medway Valley, but until recently there was little detail on this activity. Recent research by local historian and archaeologist Simon Elliott has been published, specifically identifying the Ragstone quarries used in the Roman period, the chronology of their use, how the stone was transported to London and where it was used.

"During the Roman period there were five major, industrial scale quarries extracting high quality ragstone for use as a building material in London and the South East. These were at Allington, Boughton Monchelsea, West Farleigh, Teston and the largest at Dean Street. Each of the workings had an associated network of supporting activity including settlements (such as villas), other industry (like iron working) and a highly integrated transport network."

Click here to read the article in full, and read more about how Gallagher, as the last company still actively quarrying Kentish Ragstone, is giving this historic British stone a bright future!

Click here to find out more about Gallagher's Kentish Ragstone.

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