Folkestone in earliest Times
Discoveries on the Bayle and East Cliff, as well as around the town, prove that Folkestone was the site of settlements from the earliest times. Flint implements and the remains of animals and shellfish are about the only evidence of human activity to survive from the Palaeolithic (Old Stone Age) and Mesolithic (Middle Stone Age).
Folkestone’s position, on the South-East tip of the UK, means that it was one of the last areas to be connected to mainland Europe, before the Channel was formed, after the last Ice Age. The high ridge of the North Downs would have been a secure, dry route, leading from the coast all the way to the Medway, and thence to other settlements further west and north.
Mesolithic (Middle Stone Age) and Neolithic (New Stone Age) flint tools have been found at various sites around the town, and there is evidence of Bronze Age settlement close to Holy Well.
This phase of the research will aim to draw together the various strands of evidence, and to draw what conclusions we can about the early occupation of the area.