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Lyminge Parish


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St. Mary & St. Ethelburga Church
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Your Online Parish Clerk for Lyminge is:  VACANT.  

Lyminge is, ecclesiastically, in the diocese of Canterbury, in the archdeaconry of Canterbury and in the deanery of Elham.  The church is named for St. Mary & St. Ethelburga with registers commencing 1679.

Lyminge is a village and a parish in Elham district, Kent.  The village stands 1-3/4 miles east of Stane Street, 3-1/2 miles northeast of Westenhanger rail station, and 3-3/4 miles north of Hythe;  has a post office under Hythe;  and will have a station on the Elham Valley railway, which was begun to be forwarded in 1867.  The parish comprises 4,459 acres.  Real property in 1860, £4,078.  Population, 938.  Houses, 156.  The property is much subdivided.

The manor belonged to a nunnery founded here in 633, by Ethelburga, daughter of King Ethelbert;  passed to the Archbishops of Canterbury;  was surrendered by Archbishop Cranmer to the Crown;  went through various possessors to Lord Loughborough;  and belongs now to Stephen Kelcey Esq..  The nunnery was destroyed by the Danes, and early disappeared.

A spring, called St. Eadburg's well, is near the church, and emits a head-stream of the Little Stour river.  Upwards of 1,000 acres are under wood;  and part of the land is hilly, with a light poor soil;  but the rest is very fertile.

The living is a rectory, united with the perpetual curacy of Paddlesworth, in the diocese of Canterbury.  Value, £920 with a habitable glebe house.  Patron, the Rev. R. C. Jenkins.  The church belonged to the nunnery;  was built out of the materials of a Roman structure, some remains of which still exist;  is mentioned in charters of Wihtred and Cuthred, of the years 697 and 804;  was the burial place of Ethelburga;  comprises nave, north aisle, and chancel, with a remarkable flying buttress;  and was recently repaired.  There are a Wesleyan chapel, a national school and charities £38.

The Elham workhouse also is here;  and, at the census of 1861, had 215 inmates.1
1John Marius Wilson, comp. The Imperial Gazatteer of England and Wales.  (London, England:  A. Fullerton & Co., 1870).

 

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