Building stone does not occur naturally in Lyminge – it has to be brought in. Have you got any stone in your house, in outbuildings or in your garden? Do you know where it came from? There is a chance that your stones may be part of Lyminge’s history. Stone robbing is as old as stone buildings, and when buildings go out of use, building stone is recycled more often than not, but it may not travel very far.
The photograph above is part of the church’s boundary wall. Those very regular blocks must have come from somewhere else since they are not the sort that you would normally expect in such a wall.
The stones above are in a low wall in a garden in north Lyminge and were certainly present before the present householder’s purchase. Might these have come from a building?
The stones in the foundations of this old house are a real mixture – but someone made the effort to bring them to Lyminge.
We know that Roman tiles were brought to Lyminge and built into the church. There could be Roman, Anglo-Saxon or Medieval building stone around the village, and some may have been re-used more than once.
If you have or know of any stones, send us pictures. We may want to come and have a closer look, record what you have and perhaps carry out analysis to find out where the stone came from. So, please get in touch, whether you have information to share or want to take part in the survey.
Even if you live in a new house, your ground may be re-used. For example we know that mediaeval stone was recycled from what is now the churchyard to Rectory Lane where it was re-used in the Rectory Farm in the early 19th Century. So the new houses in Rectory Lane were built on ground that has a history and stone lying around there may tell a story. This kind of story may be repeated around the village. Old stone is not just in old houses.