Brenzett in Kent

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(St Eanswyth a saxon princess)
Location: 51.009905,0.853946
General Details
Brenzett Kent - St Eanswyth churchBrenzett in Kent is a small village lying in the centre of the Romney Marshes , built up around a ancient cross-road. The old Roman road from Appledore to New Romney runs through the village. This was a causeway known as the Rivi Vellum or Rhee Wall, which was built to hold back the river Rother.

The Domesday Book records that in 1086 the land at 'Brensete' was held by three monks from St Martins Dover.

In 1381 Brenzett was the rallying place for the followers of Wat Tyler . Peasants gathered here from all over Romney Marsh reputedly armed with pitchforks.

During the reign of Henry VIII the Manor of Brenzett was part of the possessions of Thomas Cromwell . In 1541 it passed into the hands of of the King, and stayed with the crown until 1555, when Queen Mary granted it to Lord Saye . Later the manor was held by several East Kent families, however no trace remains of this manor now, and even its site is unknown.

The church here is set back from the road, and surrounded by trees - an unusual feature for Romney Marsh. It is a small church, dedicated to St Eanswyth, a Saxon princess, granddaughter of Ethelbert the first Christian King of Kent, who founded a nunnery at Folkestone . She served her noviciate in Normandy, and became the founder and Abbess of the nunnery of Peter and Paul, which was built in 630.

The church belonged to the Abbey of Gynes in Artois Flanders in the 13th century, and passed into the hands of Henry V c 1415.

It was heavily restored in 1876, but by 1902 had fallen into a state of bad repair. The chancel and bell-turret had to be dismantled and rebuilt. It does however retail a 13th century priest's door and some Norman herring-bone masonry.

A 17th century alabaster monument to John Fagge and his son may be found in the Lady Chapel. On the wall of the north arcade hang the royal arms of King George III and behind the altar are 18th century commandment boards.

St Eanswith at Brenzett is one of those churches supported by the Romney Marsh Historic Churches Trust .
Brenzett Kent - The roudaboutBrenzett in Kent is located in the centre of the Romney Marshes, and all around has the feeling of openness. The church is quite pretty and is worth visiting, if the door is locked the old iron key may be obtained from the cottage at the end of the small drive to the church. Beware the church is not in Church Lane, but down a small drive about 100 yards away.
Brenzett Kent - The villageBrenzett in Kent has a few local services, with pubs, garages and shops nearby.

The nearest shopping centre is Rye to the west and Ashford to the north east.

The nearest station is outside Appledore , running hourly services to Hastings and Ashford .
Brenzett is shown as the red symbol on the map.

Nearby Villages

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Village= Town= Recorded in Domesday=
Appledore (Danes invade England)
3.27 miles
Brookland (13th century wooden spire)1.10 miles
Burmarsh (The fortress in the Marsh?)
6.92 miles
Dymchurch (The Romans and the sea wall)6.47 miles
East Guldeford (Barn-like Church)5.58 miles
Fairfield (The Isolated Church)2.48 miles
Greatstone (Parabolic Sound Detectors and PLUTO)5.82 miles
Iden (Sheriff of Kent and Jack Cade)
5.72 miles
Ivychurch (The burial ground on the Island)1.52 miles
Kenardington (Danes destroy Saxon Fort)3.91 miles
Littlestone (The Genteel Resort)5.03 miles
Newchurch (The Church Tower with a kink)4.19 miles
New Romney (Cinque Port and Storm)4.12 miles
Old Romney (Sheep and Wool Smuggling)2.26 miles
Playden (Saltcote and fish)
5.29 miles
Ruckinge (Smuggling and Traction Engines)
4.15 miles
Smallhythe (The Ellen Terry Museum)7.04 miles
Snargate (Sluice Gates made by Royal Order)1.06 miles
Snave (the Remote church)1.82 miles
St Mary in the Marsh (Ancient Celts)3.99 miles
St Marys Bay (Holidays and Beaches)5.47 miles
Stone in Oxney (Roman stone altar)3.97 miles
Warehorne (A good place to explore the Marshes)
3.40 miles
Wittersham (Park your Airship here ?)6.59 miles
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