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St Nicholas, New Romney, Kent

(50°59′4″N, 0°56′26″E)
New Romney
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Kent
now Kent
  • Toby Huitson
  • Mary Berg
1 September 2011

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New Romney in the Romney Marsh, SE Kent, was once part of the historic confederation of Cinque Ports. The church of St Nicholas, south of the High Street, is a large substantially Romanesque church with W tower and crossing, a long aisled nave, and a Gothic chancel. There were once several churches here, of which St Nicholas is now the sole survivor. There is sculpture in the W tower and arcades.


The settlement is mentioned in Domesday Book as part of the lands of Bishop Odo of Bayeux and Hugh de Montfort, but there is no reference to a church. The church was in the patronage of the archbishops of Canterbury by the mid-12thc.


Exterior Features


Exterior Decoration

Interior Features


Tower/Transept arches
Nave arches



This is a substantial church by any reckoning. The nave arcade underwent restoration in the 19thc. according to the SPAB, and traces of this are apparent. The plain clerestory arches were presumably once external, suggesting that the arcade was cut into an earlier aisleless Romanesque building. Likewise, the W tower may well have been added to the older nave.


F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications, or England's patron saints, London, 1899, 238.

M. Berg & H. Jones, Norman Churches in the Canterbury Diocese (Stroud, 2009), 106-110.

S. Glynne, The Churches of Kent (London, 1877), 63-4.

W. A. Scott Robertson, 'Destroyed churches of New Romney', Archaeologia Cantiana 13 (1880), 237-49, viewable online at www.kentarchaeology.org.uk/Research/Pub/ArchCant/Vol.013%20-%201880/013-19.pdf