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The 2 Friends' visits in 2011 will be:
Summer Guided Tour -- Iron-Age Hillfort and medieval tile-kiln, Keston.
This visit will take place on Saturday, 11th June, 2011 at 2.30pm.
The Keston Iron Age hill-fort, now within a strictly private country estate and park, was a defensive stronghold of a local tribe from around 200 BC. The triple ramparts and deep ditches then enclosed an area of about 40 acres but were partly destroyed in the late-18th century by William Pitt, who lived in the nearby mansion. Even so, the suviving ramparts, ditches and entrance are impressive. Friends will also be able to view the fine late-medieval tile-kiln, excavated by the Bromley and West Kent Archaeological group, which lies within the estate.
Meet by 2.30pm at keston Ponds car-park.
Site is strictly private and not open to the public.
Autumn Guided Tour -- Norman fortified Manor-house, Walmer Court, Church Street, Upper Walmer..
This visit will take place on Sunday, 4th September at 2.30pm.
This substantial fortified manor-house was built early in the 12th century with the masonary suviving up to 7 metres high. A central stone tower, divided into a main hall and two rooms, with corner turrets and a later fore-building, originally lay within a ditched enclosure. This interesting site, recently published by the Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit (KMSS No. 20) is strictly private and not usually open to visitors.
Meet on site (adjacent St Mary's old Church) at 2.30pm.
This site is privately owned.
From the Archives.
The Friends have visited a variety of sites in Kent over the years. Here you will find a sample of the visits made in recent years:
- Holwood, Keston. Iron-Age fort & Medieval Kiln. June, (2011)
- Cold War bunker, Woodlands Park, Gravesend.
- Faversham: abbey, barns and surrounding area.
- Keston: windmill, and Roman mausaleum.
- Amherst Fort.
- Kemsing village.