A Description Of The Ancient Vessel Recently Found Under An Old Branch Of The River Rother, In Kent,

KENT - MAYTHAM.

£175.00

Publisher

Printed for W. Mason, 10 Pickett Street, Strand; Vidion, Rochester; Etherington and Messrs. Townsons, Chatham; and may be had at the Place of Exhibition, Waterloo Road.

Place

London

Date

1823

Item Description

8vo. 5.75 x 9 inches. 15 pp. In original sewn paper wrapper. Some wear and spotting and darkening of margins, but otherwise a very good copy. Illustrated by folding lithographic plate as frontispiece. A very scarce pamphlet, in its original condition, describing a vessel that was dug out of a field, adjoining an old branch of the River Rother in Kent in 1822. The locality was Matham, now spelt Maytham, a short distance from the present navigable river Rother, and at the west corner of the Isle of Oxney, about two miles from Rolvenden and Newenden. The vessel and the pottery and other artefacts found with her were exhibited in Waterloo Road in 1823, it is implied in the imprint. The craft and pottery appear early medieval and it is possible that she was a casualty of the great storm of 1287 that diverted the course of the Rother from Romney Marsh in Kent to Rye in Sussex. This is referred to in the text of the pamphlet, which also speculates on an earlier origin in the ninth century, when King Alfred's navy fought the Danish invaders, who had a camp at Appledore. (Smith, p.294).

[Stock No. 25870]

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