Roman remains

The train from London and Ashford always edges slowly along the sea wall towards the tunnels and Dover Priory Station. Unless the weather is really atrocious the traveller can look up to the East and see the Roman lighthouse, the Pharos, rooted to the Castle cliff-top with the Garrison Church beside it – a church built in part from Roman bricks.

Today, between the downside track and the sea there was a foam of pink and white valerian, Centranthus Ruber, a plant said to have been introduced by the Romans. Mrs Turnstone loves it for the garden, but it is just as happy between bricks on the wall on in that crack between the asphalt and the garden wall, or springing up among the ballast on the railway.

As I cycled to eat my lunch on the beach, I passed the Roman painted house. It’s about time I called in again.

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  1. willturnstone Post author

    theplantremains is a wordpress blog that discusses what archaeology tells us about our ancestors’ use of plants. It seems that Valerian, despite the Roman name, was more likely introduced to Britain rather later than their occupation. Lisa Lodwick is the author.

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