East & West Molesey

A Dictionary of Local History

Rowland G. M. Baker, 1972

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In prehistoric times this area with its low lying heavy soil would have been covered with reeds, alders and other trees, crossed by numerous streams, and subject to frequent submersions by flood water. It was not the type of country to be settled by ancient man, who preferred a higher, lighter, drier soil. The rivers, however, were always in use by way of transit, and several prehistoric artifacts have been found along them. These comprise one or two stone axes, a large bronze shield, a Bronze Age flint dagger, and two dug-out canoes of uncertain date. No significant Roman relics have been found. It seems probable that settlement first took place on slightly rising ground not far from the Mole in what is now East Molesey during the early Saxon period.

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