Iron Age and Roman Folkestone
This phase of the research aims to review and document the various sources of evidence and draw what conclusions we can about the development of the town during the Iron Age.
Most people are probably aware that there was a Roman villa in Folkestone. What they may not know, is that there were at least two, and that there was a settlement here long before the Romans arrived in Britain.
We know that there were other Roman buildings, because their remains were found during the rapid development of Folkestone in the 19th Century.
We know that there was a settlement here from Mesolithic times, right through to the Roman invasion, because worked flints, pottery and animal remains have been found on the Bayle and East Cliff. Quernstones were manufactured here and probably traded across the Channel and the South East of England.
There was probably a Roman road from Dover to Lympne, via Folkestone, although the road is not mentioned in the Antonine Itinerary (a list of roads in Britain) or the Notitia Dignitatum (a list of offices, or postings in Britain), but is shown on the Peutinger Table. However, there is no historical record even of what Folkestone was called at this time.