The honouring of
the fallen of the Battle of the Medway in 43AD
In AD 43 an Army
formed from the combined British Tribes under the command of
King Caratacus attempted to halt the advancing Roman legions at
the River Medway between the villages of Burham and Snodland.
The ensuing battle, known as The Battle of the Medway, is
regarded by many Historians as the second most decisive event in
British history (after the Battle of Hastings in 1066) because
of the subsequent Roman victory and the lasting effect it was to
have on the nation. Despite this it remains one of the least
well known events in this country's colourful history, and the
memorial stone pictured above (situated by the River Medway in
Burham - Snodland church can be seen in the background across
the river) was only erected in 1997.
On this day we will
walk in a procession to the supposed site of the battle, and
using the memorial stone as a focus, we will honour, in ritual,
the ancient Kentish tribes, their role in trying to defend this
land, our ancestors and all those that lost their lives here. we
will make offerings, sing to the dead and offer blessings for
peace and reconciliation for all battles and wars that still
While this is open to
anyone to attend, we do ask that you let us if you intend to
join us for logistical reasons. Also we will be asking for
volunteers to have a role in the ritual, as we would in our
rites at the Coldrum Stones.
The Grounds of St. Mary's Church, Burham, Kent.
Please be aware that
there is limited on street parking, so we would suggest car
sharing where possible. This church is managed by the
Church Conservation Trust
What to bring:
Offerings to the ancestors and the warriors who lost their
lives, suitable clothing and Robes/Cloaks if you wish.
For more information and
to inform us if you are attending please