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An early autumn walk from Herne Bay to the Reculver Church Towers on 12th September 2010 during Heritage Open Days

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A series of old postcards of Reculver

St Mary's Church Reculver in 1800

20. It's believed that Reculver was one of the Romans landing places in AD43

The original settlement has been largely lost to coastal erosion, parts of the Fort of Regulbium constructed in the 3rd century by Carausis most likely as a defence against pirates, was garrisoned by the first cohort of Baetasians transferred from Cumbria

St Mary's Church Reculver in 1800

21. It later became part of the chain of Roman defences known as the Forts of the Saxon shore

For preservation much of the Fort 43m (140') x 34m (110') is buried, but part of the Roman wall can be see to the left of the Prince Ethelbert Public House, and remnants of the South gate, guard room and marker posts on the caravan park bank, the Roman Harbour once lay beyond

St Mary's Church Reculver in 1800

22. 1800

Church of St Mary's Reculver dates from a Saxon Church around AD670 built within the Roman Fort by the Saxons, the impressive 20 m (64') Towers with Spires were added around AD1200

St Mary's Church Towers Reculver in 1900

23. 1900

The final days of St Mary's Church came after the fire and ultimate demolition in 1809

Reculver Towers looking NW

24. 1900

St Mary's Church Towers Reculver in 1906

25. 1906

The Towers dating from late Norman times were saved by Trinity House as a navigation aid to shipping in the tricky waters of the Thames Estuary

Reculver motor coach service 1910

26. Motor coach service 1910

St Mary's Church Towers Reculver in 1925

27. Easterly view in 1925

St Mary's Church Towers Reculver in 1900's

28. Looking East in 1900's

St Mary's Church Towers Reculver in 1930

29. Looking East in 1930

St Mary's Church Towers Reculver in 1930

30. Looking South West in 1930

St Mary's Church Towers Reculver in 1933

31. Looking East in 1933

Looking towards Herne Bay from Reculver Towers

32. Looking toward Herne Bay from Reculver Towers undated but looks mid-1930's

St Mary's Church Towers Reculver in 1936

33. View South East in 1936

Reculver caravan & camp site

34. Camping luxury mid 1930's style

Reculver Towers 1940's

35. East view undated, estimate 1940's

Reculver Cafe, Shop & Bingo Hall 1940's

36. Reculver Cafe, Shop & Bingo Hall 1940's

St Mary's Church Towers Reculver in 1945

37. View East undated, guess around 1945

Reculver Lane

38. Reculver Lane, undated estimate post war

Reculver in 1950's

39. Reculver bustling in the 1950's

Reculver in 1970's 1

40. Reculver in the 1970's with King Ethelbert left, childrens play house centre & caravans on what is now common land & the public car park

Reculver in 1970's 2

41. The Shop, cafe, amusements

Reculver in 1970's 3

42. Amusement arcades

Reculver in 1970's 4

43. Reculver amusement arcades & the betting shop right

Reculver seawards to west and Herne Bay

44. Reculver looking West towards Herne Bay pictured on 10th December 2012 at 11.03


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With grateful thanks to Elwyn & Lisa Morris for additional material

17th October 2013 - I have been trying to find a picture of 'Sea View House' at Reculver. This where my father lived during the 1920's & 30's. His name was Ken Yerrill and he had a brother Frank. The Stephensons had the King Ethelbert Pub at this time. I believe the house to the left in the 1800 picture (20) of the Towers might be 'Sea View House'. Dad told me many storeies of his childhood in Reculver but never had any pictures of his home. He said the house was destroyed or was taken down during WWII when the boucing bomb was being tested. I have not had much success with my search be grateful if could you point me towards finding more information and perhaps a picture?
Many thanks ACG Barb

For information on Richborough Castle & Fort see Kent Run

See Choice Locals for a review of the King Ethelbert Public House & Restaurant at Reculver

Useful Reference : Towers & Roman Fort

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