Day 55 The Church and The Lamb

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    Fairfield Church in...... well the middle of nowhere really!

    Fairfield lies between Brookland and Brenzett on a minor road in a deserted part of the Walland Marsh .

    The area was won from the sea (inned) sometime between 1200 and 1270. The monks from Canterbury built dykes to the western edge of the Rhee Wall (the sea defenses built by the Romans) and enclosed the land so reclaiming the rich and fertile soil from the sea.

    1287 saw the great storm in which Broomhill was swept away and New Romney barely survived. The Rother changed its course to the sea, and exited the marshes at Rye, whereas before the storm the river found its way to the sea near to modern day Greatstone and Littlestone .

    Fayrefelde existed before 1595 as a map of the time shows the village approximately where the church now sits. It is likely that as the land became more reclaimed so the village sprung up.

    Nowadays all that can be seen is the church lying down from the road embankment which is probably the original inning wall. The church was built as a temporary structure of timber lath and plaster in the 1200's to support the local farming community. The exterior has been strengthened with brick, and in 1913 the whole building was reconstructed and encased to preserve it.

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    1. luporosso 71 months ago | reply

      great shot ! fantastic light 6 composition !!
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    2. stevekeat images best viewed large 71 months ago | reply

      excellent shot and detail not the sort of place i would have expected to see a church great find

    3. Paulo Veiga [deleted] 71 months ago | reply

      Beautiful shot...lovely lanscape!
      Thanks for stopping by ...-Wink's Place-...

    4. Crazy Kernow 71 months ago | reply

      I don't think people really believed us when we said middle of nowhere but it really is isn't it,,,,,,,,,,,,,,& such a lovely find, nicely composed Greg.

    5. paulrcarter 71 months ago | reply

      Fairfield Church is such a fantastic place. Paul

    6. Styrmir Kári 71 months ago | reply

      Beautiful scene! Great colors and composition!

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    7. Fr Antunes 71 months ago | reply

      ♫♪♫ ♥♥ L'amicizia fa la differenza ♫♪♫ ♥♥

    8. chiesecampestri 71 months ago | reply

      hello Gregory I would invite you to post your nice shot in the group about rural churches
      chiese campestri
      ciao!

    9. Fabio - Zaukher 71 months ago | reply

      sembra finto.. bravo

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    10. Batram 71 months ago | reply

      Superb light and colors!

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    11. Peggy Collins 71 months ago | reply

      Wonderful composition, lighting, and processing!

    12. stumayhew 71 months ago | reply

      im still getting the sheep poop off my tripod from last time i was there ! did you go in the church , Marshall reckons you can get a key from a local farm and have a look in

    13. Gregory Warran 71 months ago | reply

      Apparently you can but I didnt. They also have a monthly service I believe. There was a lot of crap about and I had the littlun who I was concerned might think it was chocolate so we left pretty soon!

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    14. Whipper_snapper 71 months ago | reply

      Fairfield Church is a great building and a personal favourite of mine.

      Sadly... it is not an English Heritage site. It is actually cared-for by the Romney Marshs Historic Churches Trust.

      www.cantab.net/users/n.p.hudd.64/romneyma.htm

      (seen in English Heritage and reluctantly removed)

    15. Gregory Warran 71 months ago | reply

      Sorry Whipper Snapper. I did that before with Severndroog as well. I thought I definetly read it this time. Never mind! ;-)

    16. MadelineFox 71 months ago | reply

      The sheep make this such a great photo!

    17. Whipper_snapper 71 months ago | reply

      No harm done and it IS a good shot.

      May I recommend:

      www.flickr.com/groups/englishparishchurches/
      and
      www.flickr.com/groups/kentchurches/
      which I admin

      and: www.flickr.com/groups/romneymarsh/
      which I belong to. All good groups.

    18. Mugwash 64 months ago | reply

      I attended a Christma Carol Service here two weeks ago. No electricity just candles - quite amazing. Mike

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