The Lyminge Anglo-Saxon Festival

Coming to Lyminge from 21 June to 4 July 2021

Pathways to the Past has entered into partnership with the Lyminge Association to give the 2021 Lyminge Festival an Anglo-Saxon theme. You can find the full programme of events in the June edition of the Lyminge Newsletter, available here. Set out below are the events specifically sponsored by the project:

Tuesday 22 June. A walk around Anglo-Saxon Lyminge with (in a slight change to the published programme) Rob Baldwin and Andrew Coleman. Explore the geology that made Lyminge what it was, and discover its Anglo-Saxon heritage. The walk will take about two and half hours. Meet on Tayne Field on the Church Road side by the Information Panel at 2pm.

Thursday 24 June. A walk along part of the Royal Saxon Way, with Andrew Swarbrick. A 13km circular walk starting from Station Road carpark, including the ancient churches of St Oswald’s, Paddlesworth and St Mary and St Ethelburga, Lyminge. Booking is essential. See the Lyminge Newsletter for further details.

Saturday 26 June. The grand unveiling of the new artworks in the church and churchyard by the Rt Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Bishop of Dover. Bishop Rose will be at the school earlier in the afternoon, and will arrive at the Parish Church around 4pm. The dedication of the new artworks will commence about 4.30. There will be an opportunity to hear each of the artists talk about their pieces, which have been created for the church as part of the Pathways to the Past project, responding to the heritage of Lyminge, the ancient spring that is the source of the Nail Bourne and the royal women who made our church into an early place of pilgrimage.

Wednesday 30 June. Kentish Royal Burials: a discussion of St Ethelburga of Lyminge, St Eanswythe of Folkestone and other ‘royal’ burials of the 7th-8th Centuries, a talk by Dr Andrew Richardson of Canterbury Archaeological Trust, in the Parish Church at 7.30pm. Free entry.

Saturday 3-Sunday 4 July. Exhibition by Ethelburga Quilters in the Parish Church. The artwork created by Ethelburga Quilters for the church (see detail above) will be on display throughout the exhibition, before it departs temporarily to appear at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham from 29 July to 1 August.

Saturday 3-Sunday 4 July. Living history displays by re-enactment group Ost Centingas on Tayne Field. There will be various activities and displays during each of the days, and an opportunity to explore the group’s encampment and discuss life in the Anglo-Saxon period with members of the group. Ost Centingas visited Lyminge in 2019 to celebrate the start of the Pathways to the Past project. As part of this grand finale, the group will this year bring a replica long ship, so there will be lots to see.

Throughout the festival, it will be possible to purchase Queen Ethelburga’s Ale at the Coach and Horses, a beer specially brewed for the festival by local brewery Canterbrew, makers of the celebrated Canterbury Ales, to a recipe created by champion beermaker Richard Baldwin.

Over the coming weeks, four new information panels are being installed around the village highlighting much of the archaeology discovered here over the past decade and a half. A new archaeology display is being installed in the Parish Church. This will include a touchscreen, giving access to 3D digital reconstructions of both the Anglo-Saxon church excavated in 2019 and the standing Parish Church, showing how the church site has changed over the past 1,400 years.

The project comes to a formal conclusion on 4 July. This has been a massive £300,000 project but we are still looking for the last £5,000 to allow us to complete the final few activities. We will be hugely grateful for any donation you are able to make great or small via our PayPal giving page. PayPal charge nothing for this service and even reclaim the Gift Aid for us, so with Gift Aid we receive 125% of any donation you make. If you have enjoyed following this project and value all that we have achieved, please help us over the final hurdle to reach our funding target.

3 thoughts on “The Lyminge Anglo-Saxon Festival

  1. Tayne field is allegedly a part of the farm property that William Rigden had acquired a 99 year Lease-Hold on in Lyminge beginning in 1648.  William granted permission to his son Henry Rigden to sell the rights to it in 1667*, which Henry did and he then moved to colonial America and eventually settled in Maryland.

    *J Hogben was a witness to this document.  John Hogben had been a witness of two earlier documents for the Rigdens. Ann, William’s daughter married David Hogben in 1663. John Hogben was David’s father.

      Henry Rigden is my 10th great grandfather.

    I’d love to see your festival in person!

    Joe Rigdon, Florida USA


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