“The world according to the best geographers is divided into Europe, Asia, Africa, America, and Romney Marsh”
from Ingoldsby Legends, Rev. Richard Harris Barham
So there you have it ~ Romney Marsh is VERY famous. And today I went right across it from east to west. Very green, and very very flat. Field after field of sheep and lambs ~ never seen so many. And it’s even got a charming little train chugging across the marsh, I even saw it.
My friends in the know told me that I just MUST visit 2 famous churches in Romney Marsh, so of course I did. Plus go up the church tower in Rye – FANTASTIC!
Firstly Brookland Church, Kent with its spire totally separate from the actual church (to make sure it stood up – given the marshy land underneath), huge box pews, lead font and the most wonderful grave shelter – where the vicar would sit in what looks like an upright coffin to conduct burials….
Then nearby to St. Thomas à Becket Church in Fairfield, Kent, located in the middle of a marshy field full of sheep and lambs. Really, truly and honestly completely in the middle of absolutely nowhere. With the key hanging up outside a nearby farm. This church is extraordinary – both in its location – and inside, with a 3-tier pulpit and white box pews….
And finally onto Rye, E. Sussex, where I had a spare hour to rush around the town and to the church, and yes, up the church tower. £3:50 to go up. What a bargain – kinda counts as a donation too. Do go up if you’re in the area. There were loads of people up there – the busiest church tower I’ve been up so far! Really great views of the town and the marsh and even as far as the sea. Beautiful!
Plenty more I could have seen and done, but oh so little time ~ and so onto Bexhill….
But then that’s a whole other story!