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The History of Kent
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History of Reculver
Reculver means the 'Great headland', referring to the promontory upon which the Roman
fort stood, overlooking the once tidal River Wantsum. The Domesday Book chronicles
Reculver as Roculf.
Following the Roman occupation, Reculver became a seat of the Anglo-
Following repeated Viking incursions, they abandoned the minster and by the 10th century, it had become Reculver parish church, dedicated to St Mary the Virgin. King Eadred gave it to Canterbury Cathedral. In the 12th century, the Normans extended it with the construction of two towers.
In 43AD, Reculver had been over a mile from the sea, by 1809 the cliff became so close that the villagers panicked. They decided that the village and church should be moved a mile inland. The new building incorporated much of the old church. The two towers remained as a landmark for shipping.