Reculver is a village and coastal resort about 3 miles east of Herne Bay in south-east England, in the City of Canterbury district of Kent.
These twin towers are pretty much all that remains of the 12th Century Roman Saxon shore fort and Monastery there, the bulk of the site having been claimed by the sea. It was the first of several forts built to protect the south-east coast of England.
Approx. 2000 years ago a sea channel (the Wantsum) up to 3 miles wide cut off the isle of Thanet from the mainland and the Roman Fort of Reculver, set on a promontory at the north end of the channel where it joined the Thames Estuary.
Today the Wantsum has silted up and become dry land, but the towers continue to guide ships at sea.
(For additional background on Reculver, visit the English Heritage website)
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