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Introduction to the History of Wingham

Prehistoric
Surrounded by rich soil and blessed with a comparatively mild climate, this would have been an ideal place for human habitation and was settled by migrants from mainland Europe. Paleolithic artifacts have been found at Wingham Well and Recent finds at Minster in Thanet suggest that the area held significant importance to the people of the Bronze_Age
 
The Romans
When the Romans first visited Britain in 54 BC the Isle_of_Thanet was separated from the mainland by the Wantsum Channel.  Two wide and navigable inlets or estuaries reached inland. One to where Canterbury now stands and one to the mouth of what is now called Wingham_River.
During the Roman Occupation (43AD-410AD) roads to Dover, Folkestone, and Hythe converged here. Another led to Watling Street, the main Richborough (Rutupiae) to London London (Lundinium). 
 
 
The gravel banks to the east of the Wansum had helped to ensure calm waters in the natural harbours, but later caused a build up of silt washed down by the River Stour. Some of the houses in Wingham stand where Roman Galleys may once have moored. The maritime tradition of the village is evidenced in the names of two of its public houses The Anchor and the Ship (now a private dwelling). The village now lies almost 10 miles from the sea.
 
Post Roman
After the Roman departure in 410AD the area was a focus for immigrants such as Danes, Jutes and Saxons. Despite the proud Invicta motto of the People of Kent and Kentish People, the Normans too wielded their influence and Wingham has its own entry in the Domesday_Book of 1086.
During the Middle_Ages, Wingham was the halfway point between Canterbury and the then important port of Sandwich Sandwich. Several dignitaries are known to have passed through the village. 
 
Modern
Men from Wingham fought in World War I and World War II and the villagers at home witnessed the Battle of Britain and were involved in evacuation of Dunkirk.
 
Note:
Wingham.org does not claim or intend to provide a fully comprehensive history of the Wingham Village. It is hoped that you will find the information and links provided are a good starting point for your own research. Much  of the material on the history pages is taken from:
Wingham: A Kentish Village which was produced in 1986 to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the The College of St Mary the Virgin. The book contains a number of illustrations. The text only is reproduced (by permission of the Wingham Local History Society*) on the pages listed below: 
 
*Wingham Local History Society  
Contact: Mr G Goodwin, Secretary Newholme, Canterbury Road, Wingham, Canterbury CT3 1NL