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By Gee19


Fairfield Church

I have enjoyed the many snowy pictures on GoY recently (even if those taking them haven't enjoyed the snow) so I thought I would share this photo of a photograph that hangs on my living room wall. It is Fairfield Church on Romney Marsh and was taken very a brilliant photographer (Chris Shaw). My daughters bought it for me for Christmas several years ago. I particularly liked it because an elderly friend, who was born & brought up in the area, could remember skating round the church when he was a boy.



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Wow! It looks so remote and somehow a lonely spot!

10 Feb, 2009

 

What a lovely old church.

10 Feb, 2009

 

thats a lovely photo

10 Feb, 2009

amy
Amy
 

It is a lovely photo Gee , even more special when it holds nice memories ..

10 Feb, 2009

 

Its a lovely photo but it looks so desolate............

10 Feb, 2009

 

Lovely photo Gee. What a lovely old church.

11 Feb, 2009

 

You're spot on, Maureen, this church is sometimes called the 'isolated church'. Thought you might be interested in the following description of the church.

"Set in a field in Romney Marsh, surrounded by water courses and with sheep nibbling grass by its entrance, Fairfield is truly a magical spot. The village it once served has long since disappeared, but the church has somehow survived. It is now part of a parish which includes the wonderfully-named villages of Brenzett and Snargate.

Dedicated to St Thomas a Becket, from the outside Fairfield looks rather severe – the 13th century timber frame was encased in brickwork in the 18th century, and its immense roof covered in red tiles. But entering the interior is like going back in time – the Georgian interior feels as though little has changed for over 200 years. Close the heavy door behind you, and all is peaceful and silent, except for the muffled sound of the wind. Truly evocative of a bygone age.

Although parishioners once arrived here by boat, now you can get there via a small minor road leading from the A259 between Rye and Ashford. (There’s a wonderful black and white photograph at the back of the church showing it standing like an island surrounded by floods in 1960.)

The key is held in a house 100 metres away, and then it’s under a 5 minute walk across the fields to the church."

It is suggested that during winter or wet periods, wellies should be worn!

11 Feb, 2009

 

That is so interesting Gee, fancy going by boat...it has stood the test of time, so the ground underneath must be solid.....no shifting sands.......ooooh.....!

11 Feb, 2009

 

Found it ! Thanks Gill, it really is beautiful. Brings back chilly, but happy, winter birdwatching memories. :-)

14 Jan, 2010



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