The simple answer is: 'you bet we have!' It's time to bring you up to date on what is planned and what you can expect to see unfold in the weeks and months ahead as we move towards the end of the project later this year. Glorious daffodils in the churchyard (picture courtesy of Liz … Continue reading So have we been busy over the Winter?
Earlier this month, the British Pilgrimage Trust published a new book designed to highlight the great number of historic and often beautiful pilgrimage sites that still exist across Britain today. Many of these are linked by paths that are becoming increasingly popular as walking routes, used by people in search of wonderful walking regardless of … Continue reading Lyminge is one of Britain’s Pilgrimage Places
The dig in the church yard began just a year ago this month. Readers of this blog will be familiar with images of the Anglo-Saxon church that we uncovered, and that we are reasonably confident was built around the middle of the 7th Century. So this could be the church built by Ethelburga for the … Continue reading Visualising Ethelburga’s church
Readers of this blog will know the strange story of St Eadburg (also known as Eadburh), the "forgotten saint" of Lyminge and how she has become confused with St Ethelburga and largely erased from memory, at least within the village. However she has not been totally forgotten and as I recounted in a recent post, … Continue reading St Eadburg’s Well – restoration of an identity
Followers of this blog who have delved into the list of suggested reading may have downloaded my paper 'Antiquarians, Victorian Parsons and Re-writing the Past: How Lyminge Parish Church acquired an invented dedication', which was published in Archaeologia Cantiana, the journal of the Kent Archaeological Society, in 2017. This explores how the Rector of Lyminge … Continue reading Discovering St Eadburh of Lyminge
In 1885, workmen carrying out work in the chancel of St Mary and St Eanswythe, Folkestone, discovered a lead casket containing a collection of bones. At the time, it was thought that these could be the relics of St Eanswythe, patronal saint of Folkestone and niece of our own Queen Ethelburga in Lyminge. But there … Continue reading Eanswythe found!
So after 26 miles over 3 days, we began our final day of this inaugural walk of the Royal Saxon Way beside the Little Stour at Wickhambreaux. The river flows beside flooded gravel pits, so there are great expanses of water and a landscape that is very green and lush. As we approached Preston we … Continue reading Launch of the Royal Saxon Way – the Last Day
The last area of the Anglo-Saxon church to be explored is the area under the porch. We had contractors on site to lift the flagstones. Underneath the porch, as we suspected, the substructure is precarious to say the least and needs to be addressed before the flagstones are replaced. We have found the nave wall … Continue reading Day 40 – The last area of the Anglo-Saxon church uncovered
The wall discovered last week in the trench by the War Memorial has proved to be substantial. There is very little dating evidence coming out of the trench, but we are reasonably confident that this is a late medieval structure and it would explain the dumps of clay roof tile that we have found across … Continue reading Day 37 -Extending the War Memorial trench
Saturday was a busy day on site and very popular with visitors. We had the pleasure of hosting The Sutton Hoo Society, who have made a generous grant to our project. They swelled the large number of locals listening to Gabor Thomas to make an audience of 110 on the viewing platform. At the same … Continue reading In the footsteps of Ethelburga