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Church of St Thomas the Martyr, Winchelsea   4 comments

Winchelsea is a small village in East Sussex with a fascinating history. A hint of it’s previous importance can be seen in the Church of St Thomas the Martyr, the only remaining one of three churches that the town once sustained. It was once the size of a small cathedral, however only the chancel remains. The reason for the deconstruction is not known for sure, raids by the French is one possible reason, or the church was downsized to reduce the tax burden when the community was impoverished.

Although the weather looks pleasant in these photos, it was so cold it was making my hands ache. I planned to spend more time here, but it’s hard to be creative when most of my thoughts were on returning to the warmth of the car.  There is so much to photograph in Winchelsea though and I will be back, but on a warmer day.

Fairfield Church, Romney Marsh   2 comments

Fairview Church sits in the middle of a field, in the middle of Romney Marsh. In 1595 there used to be a village here named Fayrefelde but it has long gone. According to it’s rumored that the church was originally built in 1200’s after a traveller (or the Archbishop of Canterbury) fell into a dyke and nearly drowned, but was saved after praying to Thomas a Becket.  It was rebuilt using some of the original timbers in 1913.

The morning these photographs were taken was overcast, damp and windy. The original colour photographs were a bit flat and dull as a result so I thought these would look better in black & white.

The church has no boundary or gravestones. Services are no longer held there, but it is still maintained by the Romney Marsh Historic Churches Trust.

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