Roman period: Roman roads and the Brentford Ford
When it comes to the Roman and early medieval periods, the range
of surviving evidence for human activity in Richmond and Kew begins
For instance, the Roman road network appears to indicate that Kew’s
Thames-side location was important. The Roman road between Silchester
and London ran several miles north of the Thames and connected with
the river only at the posting stations at Brentford and Staines.
As Kew is located beside Brentford Ford - the furthest point downstream
at which people could regularly cross the Thames on foot - it is
likely that the presence of the posting station and the Roman road
at Brentford would have had a significant influence on the Kew area.
Veni, vidi, vici at Kew? There is a widespread belief
that Caesar crossed the Thames here, claiming the Roman Invasion
of Britain. No absolute evidence to confirm or refute this suggestion
has ever been found. However, this strategically, economically and
socially important Brentford crossing ensured the continued relevance
of the Kew area throughout the Roman and Early Medieval periods.
Later in history, Brentford Ford was the location of the important
defeat of the Danes by Edward Ironside in 1016.
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