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St Mary, St Mary in the Marsh, Kent

(50°58′3″N, 0°56′22″E)
St Mary in the Marsh
TR 0649 2279
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Kent
now Kent
medieval St Mary
now St Mary
  • Toby Huitson
  • Mary Berg
1 September 2011

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Feature Sets

St Mary in the Marsh is a small village in one of the more remote areas of the Romney Marsh, sited about 3 miles from New Romney and 2 miles from St Mary's Bay in SE Kent. The parish church of St Mary is mostly of later medieval date, with a nave with N and Saisles, a 13th-c chancel, and a W tower. The only surviving Romanesque sculpture is the tower arch.


The settlement is not mentioned in Domesday Book but the site, originally named 'Siwold's Circe', is believed to have Anglo-Saxon origins. The Archbishop was patron.


Interior Features


Tower/Transept arches

The chancel and the tower are both thought to have been built in the 12thc, but there is no associated sculpture. The Romanesque work is often given the very precise date of 1133 in some online literature, but the reason for this cannot be ascertained.


Kent Archaeological Society online report: T. Tatton-Brown, 'St Mary the Virgin Church, St Mary in the Marsh' (TQ 0648 2799, report date 1994), www.kentarchaeology.org.uk/01/03/SMM.htm