All Saints, Lydd, Romney Marsh, Kent - 21st July 2005

All Saints Church is distinguished by both a very tall tower and a very long nave - in fact the building is the longest church in Kent.  The 15th century tower is 132 feet high and was rebuilt and heightened between 1438 and 1441.  The crocketed pinnacle was added when Thomas Wolsey, later to become Cardinal, was rector.

All Saints, Lydd, Romney Marsh, Kent - 21st July 2005 - MTC

The church originated as a Saxon aisled basilica built in the 10th century, and parts of this are incorporated at the west end of the present north aisle; the blocked window and arches represent the oldest remaining church fabric on the Romney Marsh.  No Norman work survives as the building was largely reconstructed in the first half of the 13th century and then enlarged several times over the next two hundred years.  The arcades are Early English (eastern four bays) and Perpendicular (western three bays).

All Saints, Lydd, Romney Marsh, Kent - 21st July 2005 - MTC

The north aisle contains the Royal arms of George II and 16th and 17th century brasses which have been removed from the floor.  In the north chapel there is a recumbent effigy of a crusader in a niche, adjacent to the tomb of Clement Stuppenyne, great grandson of Richard Stuppenye of New Romney.

Here is the font - which for such a large church seems rather small.

All Saints, Lydd, Romney Marsh, Kent - 21st July 2005 - MTC

Here is the organ, slightly obscured by the overhead projection screen, useful items which always look rather out of place in ancient buildings!

All Saints, Lydd, Romney Marsh, Kent - 21st July 2005 - MTC

The length of the building is evident in this view of the south side.

All Saints, Lydd, Romney Marsh, Kent - 21st July 2005 - MTC

The entire east end was destroyed by bomb damage ni 1940, but was restored.  This final view shows clearly the rebuilt chancel and its three lancet windows which replace the destroyed Perpendicular  east window.  The lancets are probably closer to the original design.

All Saints, Lydd, Romney Marsh, Kent - 21st July 2005 - MTC

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