Faesten Way, DA5

Place name

Named after Faesten Dyke, the medieval frontier work that survives in Joyden’s Wood. Faesten Dic, as it was originally called is thought to have been constructed between the fifth and sixth centuries AD during which time the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle records tribal warfare in the Bexley area. It was one of a number of substantial boundary features marking territories. The one in Joydens Wood survives as a substantial landscape feature. Partial excavation has confirmed the survival of archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. The dyke is mentioned in an Anglo-Saxon boundary survey of AD814.

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