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Visit to Romney Marsh Churches
Date: 17th July 10
Location: see notes for details
Contact: Mike Sasse
Phone: 01892 531179
Group: Archaeology and Heritage
Taken together, the churches of the Romney Marsh in Kent are a fascinating group. They range in size from small, quite simple buildings through to substantial Norman and mediaeval edifices. Many have interesting features within, and are in relatively isolated locations. Their history is bound up with that of this unique area.
Members will meet at 1030 at Snave Church (TR 014299), which is tucked away amidst churchyard trees near the A2070 (Ashford-Brenzett) about 1.5-2 miles from Brenzett roundabout. St. Augustine's. Snave dates back to the 13th century, and like all the Romney Marsh churches is in the care of the Romney Marsh Historic Churches Trust. After closing to worship in 1981 occasional services are now again held here. The north chapel was once used as a schoolroom.
The party will take lunch at the Royal Oak in Brookland, where the pub garden at the rear overlooks the church. We will meet here again around 1230 for lunch at 1245. The idea is that after leaving Snave, one or two other local churches can be visited according to members' interests, and they can continue their enjoyment of Marsh churches at their leisure after lunch. Information and a map to assist members to choose and locate other churches will be available - members make their own transport arrangements.
The other churches in the vicinity likely to be of most interest are Brenzett, Fairfield, Brookland, Old Romney and New Romney. They are all fascinatingly different:
- the attractive view of Brenzett surrounded by trees
- the small and simple structure of Fairfield set without churchyard or boundaries surrounded by Romney Marsh grazing land and dykes
- the unusual shingled bell-tower of Brookland set apart from the main structure, and the church's interesting interior with box pews and mediaeval lead font
- the beautiful setting of Old Romney comprising churchyard and grazing land, with box pews and 18th C fittings within
- the more urban setting of New Romney, a substantial building with much Norman architecture including a fine west tower.
We are enquiring about opening arrangements, and the information on this page will be updated as appropriate.
Please advise as soon as possible if you are coming, so we are aware of the size of our party and can also notify the Royal Oak.