Leaving Rainham and it’s straight through to Sittingbourne – very straight through, as the road stretches on before me and out of sight. I pass out of Medway and get into more rural Kent, becoming more and more surrounded by farms and signs of agriculture.
I walk through Newington, which has this amazing sign in the middle of the walkway next to the road. There’s a centurion depicted, a reference to Newington’s history as a Roman station on Watling Street.
Continuing on the road and I reach the site of Key Street, a small settlement here until 1980 when it was demolished for the A2. Our road construction is a bit more brutal compared to our Roman counterparts. But Roman artefacts were found here, and there’s speculation that ships may even have come this far (now) inland.
I get to Sittingbourne and the Heritage Museum where I’m met by Sally Wright, Secretary of the voluntary organisation that runs the collection. She’s opened up the building especially for me, and I’m grateful and so glad she did: it’s a lovely Museum that tells the story of Sittingbourne, from its origins to WW2. There are some great Roman pieces – I particularly like the hair pins!
Day 3 comes to an end. Thinking about the impact of bridges earlier and seeing all these incredible artefacts – and bearing in mind the consequences of the withdraw of the Romans in Britain – I feel I have to post this as I sign off today. Enjoy!