As the author or compiler of this history I am reluctant to close the door at 823
AD when the first known mention of the village occurred. It seems quite clear that
there would have been some sort of village or group of dwellings in the area long
before that. This area of Kent has been part of history for a very long time. There
is a reference in the history of the Roman invasion of 54 BC to a battle at Challock
Woods. Is this our Kings Wood?? An extract of the document is shown below and the
full document can be seen at: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=45021
In Cæsar's second and longer invasion in the next year (54 B.C.), when his 28 many-oared
triremes and 560 transports, &c., in all 800, poured on the same Kentish coast 21,000
legionaries and 2,000 cavalry, there is little doubt that his strong foot left its
imprint near that cluster of stockaded huts (more resembling a New Zealand pah than
a modern English town) perhaps already called London—Llyn-don, the "town on the lake."
After a battle at Challock Wood, Cæsar and his men crossed the Thames, as is supposed,
at Coway Stakes, an ancient ford a little above Walton and below Weybridge. From:
'Roman London', Old and New London: Volume 1 (1878), pp. 16-22. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=45021.
Date accessed: 26 October 2006.
This area of Kent is rich in archaeological finds and there are many refences to
be found on the internet. Some examples are shown below: