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Your Online Parish Clerk for Dymchurch is:  VACANT.  

Dymchurch is, ecclesiastically, in the diocese of Canterbury, in the archdeaconry of Canterbury and in the deanery of North and South Lympne.  The church is named for St. Peter and St. Paul with original registers commencing 1624.  Archdeacon's transcripts commence 1562 and Bishop's transcripts as of 1603.

Dymchurch, is a parish in Romney Marsh district, Kent;  on the coast, 4 miles northeast of New Romney and 5-1/4 south-south-west of Westenhanger and Hythe rail station.  It has a post office with a savings banks and a money order office, under Folkestone.  Acres, 1,534;  of which 420 are water.  Real property in 1860, £3,163.  Population in 1851, 718.  Houses, 142.  The property is much subdivided.

The surface is all on the level of Romney Marsh;  and, together with the rest of that low tract, is protected from sea inundation only by means of Dymchurch wall.  This is an embankment about 3 miles long, about 20 feet high, and from 15 to 30 feet wide, with three sluice gates for drainage;  and is kept in repair by a local rate, under management of a local body.  During some recent alterations on the embankment, relics of the Mediaeval and the Saxon times were obtained;  and below these, great quantities of Roman pottery;  and under these, bones of the whale and the mammoth.

The living is a rectory united in 1868 with Eastbridge, Blackmanstone, and Orgarswick, in the diocese of Canterbury.  Value, £363 with a habitable glebe house.  Patron, the Archbishop of Canterbury.  The church is old.

There are Baptist and Wesleyan chapels, and charities £111.1

1John Marius Wilson, comp. The Imperial Gazatteer of England and Wales.  (London, England:  A. Fullerton & Co., 1870).


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