Roman building tools and fittings


Rare survivals in Canterbury include

  • a unique Roman spade, made of oak-wood edged with iron, excavated from waterlogged ground at Pound Lane, Canterbury, near the River Stour
  • a carpenter’s square, made from sheet bronze cut to shape and used by a joiner or furniture maker
  • a mason’s trowel, made of iron and virtually identical to ones used by the archaeologists who excavated it
  • iron chisels
  • iron fastenings and nails, made by blacksmiths and used for fixing timber in buildings
  • a hinge from Canterbury’s Roman Riding Gate.
a hinge from Canterbury's Roman Riding Gate

A hinge from Canterbury's Roman Riding Gate.

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Opening Times 

Monday to Sunday 10am to 5pm. Christmas eve and New Years eve closing at 4pm. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.


How to find us

Canterbury Roman Museum
Butchery Lane, CT1 2JR

The impressive pillared entrance is in Butchery Lane and very close to the cathedral. Access to the Roman level via lift, then level access throughout museum.

Phone: 01227 785575