Ivychurch in Kent

Google map showing area surrounding Ivychurch
(The burial ground on the Island)
Location: 51.012775,0.888451
General Details
Ivychurch in Kent lies between New Romney and Snave on one of the few main roads across the Romney Marshes . The name is derived from the Saxon for the burial ground on an island . Ie in ancient Saxon means island and ciric or circa means a burial ground. A Ciric is a circular Celtic burial ground raised above ground level, to keep the dead dry. The circular form is believed to be the celtic symbol of immortality. The later names given to the area show that the name has changed from Ie Circa to Ive Circa to Yve Church then Ivy Church.

The church has been used for smuggling as were most of the others on Romney Marsh. There is a legend that a church sexton told a rector that 'Bain't no service s'morning, Parson, pulpit be full o'baccy and the vestry be full o'brandy.

The church contains a curious sentry box called a hudd in which a parson stood while presiding over a funeral so that his bible and clothes remained dry.

The second world war saw the church being used as an ARP and Fire Post.

St George at Ivychurch is one of those churches supported by the Romney Marsh Historic Churches Trust .
The church on a clear winters afternoon glows with the sun's reflection.

The area all round displays the deserted areas of Romney Marsh , which is well worth viewing.
Ivychurch in Kent has only a public house as a local service.

Trains can be caught from Hamstreet about 5 miles north which give access to Ashford and London.

The coast is nearby at Littlestone about 5 miles south.
Ivychurch is shown as the red symbol on the map.

Nearby Villages

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Village= Town= Recorded in Domesday=
Appledore (Danes invade England)
4.59 miles
Brenzett (St Eanswyth a saxon princess)
1.52 miles
Brookland (13th century wooden spire)2.51 miles
Burmarsh (The fortress in the Marsh?)
5.47 miles
Dymchurch (The Romans and the sea wall)4.96 miles
East Guldeford (Barn-like Church)6.92 miles
Fairfield (The Isolated Church)4.00 miles
Greatstone (Parabolic Sound Detectors and PLUTO)4.82 miles
Kenardington (Danes destroy Saxon Fort)4.66 miles
Littlestone (The Genteel Resort)3.76 miles
Newchurch (The Church Tower with a kink)2.94 miles
New Romney (Cinque Port and Storm)2.94 miles
Old Romney (Sheep and Wool Smuggling)1.58 miles
Playden (Saltcote and fish)
6.72 miles
Ruckinge (Smuggling and Traction Engines)
3.67 miles
Snargate (Sluice Gates made by Royal Order)2.24 miles
Snave (the Remote church)1.71 miles
St Mary in the Marsh (Ancient Celts)2.48 miles
St Marys Bay (Holidays and Beaches)3.97 miles
Stone in Oxney (Roman stone altar)5.46 miles
Warehorne (A good place to explore the Marshes)
3.82 miles
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