From The Neolithic To The Sea: A Journey From The Past To The Present


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Seaton is a seaside town, located on the Coast Jurassic Coast World Heritage coast on Lyme Bay in East Devon.

A farming community existed here 4,000 years before the Romans arrived and there are Iron Age hillforts in the vicinity at Seaton Down, Hawkesdown Hill, Blackbury Camp and Berry Camp.

To the Roman's this was an important port and Roman remains have been found, then reburied to preserve them.

The Anglo - Saxon's called Seaton, Fluta or Fleet, which is the Saxon word for creek. The town of Fleet was founded by Saxon Charter in 1005 AD.

In 1146, Pope Eugenius, mentioned of Seaton in a papal bull, which is a type of public decree, or charter issued by a pope of the Catholic Church. It is named after the leaden seal, the bulla, that was traditionally appended to the end in order to authenticate it.

Seaton became an important port, it supplied ships and sailors for Edward I's wars against Scotland and France. In the 14th century heavy storms caused a landslip which partially blocked the estuary, causing a shingle bank to build up.

In 1868, the arrival of the railway reduced the use of the harbour.

In November 2013, builder Laurence Egerton, a metal detectorist, unearthed the Seaton Down Hoard of copper-alloy coins. The hoard, of about 22,000 Roman coins, is believed to be one of the largest and best-preserved 4th-century collections ever found in Britain. A team of archaeologists carefully removed and cleaned the coins over the next 10 months.