I have been wondering about the cause of the fire that lead to
Lullingstopn Villa in the fifth century. Lullingstone was a wealthy
villa at the centre of some of the richest farming land in the world.
So a reason must have existed why it wasn't rebuilt. It is my
hypothesis that the date of the fire gives a clus. Early fifth
centurt plus fire equals Saxon raiders. But does this hypothesis
stand up to examination.
Well Kent did suffer raids along its coast but would the raiders have
come as far in land (about 8 miles as the crow flies)as Lullingstone
particuarly as other villas and settlements would have been closer.
Well they may have already been raided is one thing. Also
Lullingstone lies on the River Darenth. However the Darenth now is
pretty shallow coaches ford it on the way to the villa as the
medieval bridge is too narrow. But I believe that the Darent must
have been rather more substantial in Roman times. The coast line has
retreated further east around the Isle of Thanet which is no longer
and island and Southern England is still rising after the last ice
age. Could the Daent have been deep enough for raiders to sail up
close to Lullingstone and carry out a raid. I would say it is
possible but without further evidence it will remain an educated