The area of Wrotham (pronounced “Ru-tam”) has been inhabited for over 2000 years and offers much of historical interest. This section of the website is dedicated to uncovering and presenting that history.
Located in West Kent below a south-facing slope of the North Downs, Wrotham has long been at the junction of several major roads in the area, and once was a bustling market town and an important stop on the Pilgrims Way. While it has since lost its status as a town and declined in political and economic importance, it still retains a vibrant economy and a range of amenities that remind us of its former status.
First recorded in the Domesday Book as Broteham, little is known about the early history of Wrotham, but archaelogical finds and anecdotal evidence suggest that the site was the location of an ancient Briton settlement long before the Roman invasion, and that area has been continually inhabited since.
- see >> The Coldrum Stones
A large number of Roman era coins have been found around Wrotham, but aside from this there is little remaining evidence of any Roman presence in the immediate area.
- see >> Roman Villa at Lullingstone
Further Reading & other Resources
- Wrotham Historical Society
- The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 5 (1798), by Edward Hasted
- Visions of Britain website – Wrotham