Early Medieval Kent 800 - 1200

Duke William’s march through Kent after Hastings in 1066 is testimony to the importance of the county during this vital period in England’s history. Arranged thematically, this ‘Early Medieval Kent’ conference explored several topics from pilgrimage and the landscape to the partnership between Crown and Church.

Saturday 10 September 2016

Old Sessions House, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury campus

This joint conference between CCCU’s Centre for Kent History and Heritage and the Friends of Canterbury Archaeological Trust on ‘Early Medieval Kent’ comprised four sessions: ‘Raiders, Invaders and Settlers’; ‘Aspects of Landscape’; ‘The Church’, and ‘The City of Canterbury’. The eight papers provided by leading Kent historians and archaeologists explored amongst other topics the Anglo-Saxon kingdom and its aftermath, colonization and settlement in town and countryside, and the impact of Viking incursions on Kent’s monasteries. This conference celebrated the publication of Early Medieval Kent, 800-1220 (Boydell, 2016), and many of the book’s contributors were among the speakers.

You can read some reflections on this event on our blog. 


  • 9.30 Doors Open
  • 10.00–10.15 Introduction
  • 10.15–11.15 Session 1: Raiders, Invaders and Settlers
Dr Andrew Richardson, ‘The making of the Kingdom of Kent’
Richard Eales, ‘The Normans in Kent’
  • 11.15–11.45 Tea and Coffee
  • 11.45–12.45 Session 2: Aspects of Landscape
Dr Gillian Draper, ‘Town and Country: the example of west Kent’
Dr Hilary Powell, ‘Landscape, pilgrimage and the cult of saints in early medieval Kent’
  • 12.45–14.00 Lunch (make own arrangements)
  • 14.00–15.00 Session 3: The Church
Dr Diane Heath, ‘Arson, treachery and pillage: early medieval Canterbury monasticism’
Dr Sheila Sweetinburgh, ‘Patrons, power and the parish church in Norman Kent’
  • 15.00–15.30 Tea and Coffee
  • 15.30–16.30 Session 4: The City of Canterbury
Dr Paul Bennett, ‘Canterbury in the 11th century’
Dr Jake Weekes, ‘Realising the archaeology of Urry’s Canterbury in the 21st century’

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