• Trace the fascinating history and geography of Romney Marsh, the ‘fifth continent’, through visits to its evocative churches
• Gain a glimpse into the Marsh’s medieval past, which abounds with dramatic stories of storms and smugglers
• Discover less-frequented churches and hidden details, as well as famous examples, such as St Dunstan’s, Snargate, with its ship mural, and the crypt at St Leonard’s, Hythe
BA, MPhil, FRSA
Imogen Corrigan is a medieval historian
Tour assembles from 1500 at Best Western Clifton Hotel, Folkestone, for four nights. 1800 welcome and introductory lecture.
Morning: Church of St Peter & St Paul, Newchurch and St Augustine’s Church, Snave. Afternoon: Church of St Thomas the Martyr (named after Thomas Becket), Winchelsea followed by St Eanswyth’s Church, Brenzett and St George’s Church, Ivychurch (rumoured smugglers’ tunnels connecting the church to the pub next door).
Morning: St Dunstan’s Church, Snargate (magnificent 16th century nave roof and stunning wall painting of a ‘great ship’) and Church of St Peter & St Paul, Appledore. Afternoon: St Mary’s Church, Rye and St Mary’s Church, East Guldeford.
Morning: All Saints’ Church, Lydd (early history dating back to the 5th century). Afternoon: St Nicholas’s Church, New Romney (fascinating history and harbourside position); St Clement’s Church, Old Romney (one of Kent’s oldest churches, with distinctive medieval features); St Thomas à Becket Church, Fairfield (iconic structure of the Marsh, original timberwork) and St Augustine’s Church, Brookland (detached wooden bell tower).
Please note the visits on this morning are time permitting. Morning: St Mary the Virgin Church, St Mary in the Marsh (elegant medieval features, burial place of Edith Nesbit) followed by All Saints’ Church, Burmarsh and St Leonard’s Church, Hythe (including crypt). Return to Folkestone where tour disperses approx 1530 at the station followed by the hotel.
18 Jul — 22 Jul 2022
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"Imogen so evidently has a deep and broad understanding of medieval history in general, and of those aspects particularly related to the sites visited, based on her comprehensive research. She communicates clearly, effectively and with a delightful sense of humour"
- ACE customer on a previous tour with Imogen Corrigan
FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
This tour requires a good level of fitness, and participants should meet ACE’s fitness criteria as outlined in our Booking Terms & Conditions. In addition, participants should be prepared for some walking across uneven, hilly, steep and grassy terrain in order to access some of the churches – notably at Hythe, Rye and East Guldeford.
Tour director Imogen Corrigan writes,
“Everyone has heard of Romney Marsh, but surprisingly few have been there. The locals say that newcomers are easy to spot because of their look of surprise and delight.
For a ‘fifth continent’, it is tiny, perhaps only about 100 square miles and very flat, jutting into the sea between Rye and Hythe. Over the years it became clear that the Marsh was ideal for producing three things: sheep, smugglers and churches. Without doubt we will see plenty of the first and perhaps hear something of the second, but we will be focusing on the third.
Very little is standard, but we can rejoice in the churches’ quirkiness, whether it’s the free-standing bell tower at Brookland or the pink pews at Old Romney. The delicate ship mural at Snargate and the ancient font at Brookland are famous, as are the Hythe skulls, but we will be looking in detail at what else these churches have to offer.”
Cost of £1095 includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £170.