St Nicholas, New Romney, Romney Marsh, Kent - 21st July 2005

Sadly the church was locked when we visited, and is only open when a steward is available (no times indicated) - which makes planning a visit tricky!

St Nicholas is the sole survivor of New Romney's four medieval churches and dates mainly from the 12th century.  The west tower is 100 feet high.  The broach spire was pulled down in the 18th century.  The Norman west doorway is richly moulded and above it are four stages with arches of the mid-Norman and Transitional periods.  As can be seen, the floor is several feet below street level.  This difference was caused by the great storms and floods of 1287 which altered the course of the River Rother.  The church was flooded (the mark left by the water level can still be seen on some pillars) and the waters dropped soil all round the church leaving it in a dip.

St Nicholas, New Romney, Romney Marsh, Kent - 21st July 2005 - MTC

The nave has Norman arcades of Caen stone on piers alternately round and octagonal.  Early English alterations have nearly all been replaces.   The Decorated east end was added in the 14th century, including the chancel arch, two three bay arcades and three large east windows.

St Nicholas, New Romney, Romney Marsh, Kent - 21st July 2005 - MTC

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