Eccles from Blue Bell Hill
Eccles shown within Kent
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|EU Parliament||South East England|
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It is the site of a Roman villa estate and pottery kiln, excavated between 1962 and 1976. It replaced an Iron Age settlement, and was occupied until the end of Roman rule. The name "Eccles" comes from the Latin word "ecclesia" meaning church, suggestions that a post-Roman Christian community existed in the village beyond the Roman withdrawal and into the Saxon period are conjecture. The name likely comes from its proximity to the Carmelite Monastery in Aylesford. The area was merely known as 'Bull Lane' until the mid-19th century. Also, a cemetery was found with six skeletons all of whom showed injuries caused by weapons. Three had single long sword cuts to the left side of the skull. The other three had multiple injuries - one had been hit three times on the left side of the skull, another had been hit in the spine by a projectile, either an arrow or a javelin, which probably disabled him and a single sword cut to the head. (information from British Archaeology, Sept 1999)
There is now just one pub in Eccles, The Red Bull. The Walnut Tree was sold and demolished following the failure of Enterprise Inns to find a licensee, this site has now been developed into private houses.
There is a corner shop-cum-post office, a church and church hall (used by the village pre-school), a school, a doctors' surgery and a large park ('The Rec') with a skate park and children facilities. There is also a drop in centre for pensioners in Cork Street. There is also a public field used by Eccles Football Club since the 19th Century.
A library bus visits every Tuesday afternoon.
Eccles has four bus stops (two in each direction) and the bus numbers are 155 and 158.
Eccles in just 1.5miles from the M20, and 3miles from the M2 Motorways.
Eccles sits between Aylesford Village (1 mile away) and the nearby village of Burham (1 mile away).
- Detsicas, A, The Cantiaci, Sutton, Gloucester, 1987
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