Romney Marsh (9th July, 2013)
Yet again Maureen organised fantastic weather for the Historical Society outing to the Romney Marsh. This was a continuation of the visit we made last year. On arrival we were given coffee and biscuits at a local pub before joining our guide for a guided tour of two more of the medieval churches on the Romney Marsh. Our first port of call was St Nicholas in New Romney. It was built in the mid 12th century and still retains the original low Norman arcades. Of special interest to the group were two stained glassed windows dedicated to the “crew and passengers of the ship Northfleet, which foundered off this coast 22nd January 1873″. We followed this visit with another to St Mary in the Marsh, also a 12th century church, where Edith Nesbit, author of The Railway Children, is buried. We then returned to the pub for a ploughman’s lunch before continuing our journey to Dymchurch, where we were to take the narrow gauge Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. Each compartment held only 4 people and it was an interesting experience. Our destination was Dungeness, where we enjoyed a fish and chip supper at the Pilot Inn. Then it was homeward bound after an interesting excursion.