After the Roman occupation ended, Reculver became a seat of the Anglo-Saxon kings of Kent. A church was built on the site of the abandoned fort in about 669, when King Ecgberht of Kent granted land for the foundation of a monastery there. Clearly Reculver quickly became an important Kentish house, since in 692 its abbot, Bertwald, a former abbot of Glastonbury in Somerset, was elected Archbishop of Canterbury. Bede, writing no more than 40 years later, described him as having been "learned in the Scriptures and well versed in ecclesiastical and monastic affairs. Further, King Hlothhere of Kent presided over a council at Reculver in 679, attended by Archbishop Theodore of Canterbury, at which he granted the monastery lands in the western part of Thanet. In the original, 7th century charter recording this grant, Reculver is referred to as a "civitas", or "city". Clearly this is intended to be figurative; nonetheless it indicates the importance then attached to the place.