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photograph was taken in 2010. You are looking from Copt Point (where there
is a pitch and putt course) over to Folkestone’s East Cliff and
East Wear Bay below. This area is also known as the Warren. This place
is important because of its history. There is a Roman villa buried on
the cliff top and even older remains as well. It is also a Site of Special
Scientific Interest because ot its wildlife and geology. People go fossil
hunting on the beach.
|This photograph was taken in 2010. It shows Folkestone's East Cliff in the winter time.|
|Dogs of all shapes and sizes get their exercise along the East Cliff.|
|People get their exercise and enjoy playing tennis and bowls on the East Cliff.|
|There is a kiddy play area on the grassy East Cliff top.|
|The pitch and putt course at Copt Point is very popular in the summer time.|
|This house is in Wear Bay Road. People living there have a great view over the East Cliff and English Channel. On a clear day they can see France.|
|This photograph of the East Cliff Pavilion was taken in 2010. You can compare it to the pictures taken of the same place in the 1930s. You could find out what happens at the Pavilion now.|
aerial photograph of the East Cliff and East Wear Bay area was taken in
1950. There were not many houses along Wear Bay Road then.
|This photograph was taken in the 1930s. It shows the East Cliff Pavilion which was a tearoom then. Lots of people liked to spend time around there.|
think this photograph of the East Cliff was taken in the 1930s. Look at
how the lady and little girl are dressed. When you look at an old photo,
the clothes people wore are a useful clue to working out the time it was
You can see Martello Tower No. 3 at Copt Point. The tower is much older.
|We think this photograph of the East Cliff was taken in the 1930s. Look at how many people there are! I like the little girl’s doll’s pram. See what else you can spot in the picture.|
|We are not sure when this painting was done. It shows East Cliff with Martello Tower No. 3 in the distance. The small squares on the slope look like allotments. Maybe you could work out what is on this slope now. The house with the red roof is no longer there.|
tower at East Cliff was built in the nineteenth century. It is called
Martello Tower No. 3. The flag gives you a clue where to find this tower.
aerial photograph of the Roman villa at Folkestone’s East Cliff
excavated in 1924. In Roman times the villa would have been built well
back from the cliff edge. But by 1924 the cliff face had eroded so much
that the villa was now at the cliff edge and had begun to fall onto the
beach below. In 2010 and 2011 archaeologists are at the site again to
rescue more ancient remains before they are lost forever.
is a reconstruction of the Roman villa found at Folkestone’s East
Cliff. Archaeologists excavated the villa site in 1924, 1989 and are going
there again in 2010 and 2011 to find more remains from Roman and Iron Age
times. See how big the villa is compared to the smaller modern house.
The villa had lots of rooms and was built with stone, clay bricks and tiles. It had under-floor heating and running water – luxuries in Roman times. Some of the rooms had mosaics and decorated walls. The villa had a wonderful sea view across the English Channel to France.
What kind of people would have lived in a place like this?
plan of the Roman villa at Folkestone’s East Cliff excavated in
1924. Archaeologists draw, photograph and write notes about their discoveries.
They call this recording.
|Key to the plan of the Roman villa at Folkestone’s East Cliff excavated in 1924. Look at the rooms there were and how many. What does this tell us about the person or people who owned the villa? Can you think of any modern buildings with rooms like this?|
1924, lots of people came to see the Roman villa at Folkestone’s East
Cliff when it was being excavated. There were articles in the newspapers
in England and France. In the Daily Express the reporter wrote this!
“Folkestone has become the scene of an archaeological boom such as no fashionable watering-place has ever before experienced. Gaily attired girls, escorted by youths in flannels, sedate, elderly professional men, and enthusiastic schoolboys jostle in the queue awaiting admission”.
people excavated the Roman villa at Folkestone’s East Cliff in 1924.
The man in the middle was a school teacher and an archaeologist. His name was Mr Samuel Edward Winbolt. His daughter, Rosalind, is in the picture. She was 18 years old when she took part in the dig.
|This is Rosalind Winbolt. She helped to excavate the Roman villa at Folkestone’s East Cliff in 1924. Her dad was in charge of the excavations. The next year he wrote a book about their discoveries called Roman Folkestone.|
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