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All Saints, Burmarsh, Kent

(51°2′56″N, 0°59′46″E)
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Kent
now Kent
  • Toby Huitson
  • Mary Berg
24 Oct 2011

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Feature Sets

Burmarsh is a village in the Romney marsh area of Kent, 3 miles W of Hythe. The church of All Saints is a twin-cell building with a 13thc W tower, short nave, S porch, and a small chancel. For the most part it presents a later medieval appearance, and the interior owes much to the last century or so. The sole surviving Romanesque sculpture is on the S doorway, although the chancel clearly has early origins.


In DB the land at Burmarsh was held by St Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury.


Exterior Features



The chevron with its alternate roll and hollow form is reminiscent of Dymchurch nearby. The sculpted head seems somewhat vernacular in style compared to the rest of the S doorway. It may be a reset corbel from elsewhere or an apprentice-piece. The traces of pigmentation are noteworthy: the date of the coloured paint is unclear, and the dark gray may well be 19thc. The porch appears to have late medieval origins and may have protected the doorway over the centuries.

Burmarsh was unfortunately not surveyed by Sir Stephen Richard Glynne in 1877.


Historic England: https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1061163. Accessed 6 April 2021.

J. Newman, The Buildings of England: West Kent and the Weald, Harmondsworth 1980, 190.

A. Roper, The Church of All Saints Burmarsh, 1980.