Lympne Roman Port aerial photograph -da49053.jpg
Nearly 2000 years ago this was the shoreline and a Roman Port called Portus Lemanis. The port was defended by a fort the remains of which we can see in the foreground. Since then the see has receded and land movements have distorted the rectangular shape of the Roman Saxon Shore Fort which was built to defend against raiding Saxons. When the Romans left the Saxons took over and they used the fort to keep animals in which gave it the Saxon name Stutfall Castle. Since Saxon times the area has further military activity with the mediaeval Port Lympne Castle in the top right and the Royal Military Canal running along the bottom of the image.