Free talk to highlight Roman use of the River Medway

The Romans had a significant impact on the area in which we live – including building the first bridge at Rochester – and now members of the public can find out more in a free lecture.

From the mid 1st to the mid 3rd century AD, much of the building material used across South East England was sourced from ragstone quarries in the Medway Valley. This involved an enormous industrial enterprise and fully-integrated transport infrastructure, of which the River Medway was a key part.


This free lecture, given by Kentish historian and author Simon Elliott, will explain more about this fascinating time in Medway’s history.

Mr Elliott said: “Many people know about the large towns established by the Romans, but what they don’t realise in many instances is where the materials needed to construct these urban developments came from. In the South East, including London, that material came from ragstone quarries near the River Medway.”

The talk, entitled The Romans on the Medway, will take place at 7pm on Thursday, 6th October, in the Guildhall Museum, Rochester. Please note, there is no step-free access to this first-floor venue. Light refreshments will be available from 6.30pm.

The lecture is free to attend but places are limited and must be booked. Please contact Sue O’Reilly to reserve your place by emailing or calling 01892 513033.

Mr Elliott is the author of Sea Eagles of Empire, which tells the story of the Roman Navy in Britain.

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