Lyminge is a village in the county of Kent in the south-east of England, and is situated at the head of the Elham Valley, nestling in the spectacular North Downs, between Canterbury and Folkestone.

Lyminge boasts a unique place in early Anglo Saxon history.  The settlement began in the 5th Century, becoming a royal estate centre, and then in the 7th Century it acquired one of the earliest masonry churches built in England after the Roman period.  There was a monastery around the church from at least 700, and a shrine to St Eadburg was established by 800 which lasted until 1085.  It has a sequence of continuous occupation in the Anglo-Saxon period amongst the longest of anywhere in this country.

Pathways to the Past: Exploring the Legacy of Ethelburga was a project that ran in Lyminge from 2018 to 2021. Its principal aim was to enable further excavation to reveal the 7th Century church and in so doing, to provide an enduring legacy for inhabitants and visitors to this lovely part of Kent.  We actually achieved a lot more besides. You can read more about the many project achievements here and read an account of what we found on the dig here.

Lyminge looking south west with the site of the royal halls in the green space in the foreground and the church in the centre. The monastery extended under and beyond the trees behind the church

Follow the links in the Category Cloud at the side of the page, or scroll down to the list of Pages to learn more about our project, and also about the history, the archaeology, the church and the environment that make this village so special.

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