out and about in the spring sunshine

Having had the recent trip to Ninove in Belgium, it acted as a great motivator to get a few little bits and pieces sorted on the camper, but since getting back and the weather turning from spring to early summer, well the motivation has been more about making the most of opportunities and getting out and about and driving the bus!

I’m lucky enough to live in a fairly picturesque part of England, so when my talented artist wife wanted to take a look at a few of the medieval Churches that are scattered around Romney Marsh in Kent for a potential location for a forthcoming art piece she wanted to do, it sounded like a great excuse for a drive in the sun to me!

Church of St Augustine, Brookland with its unique separate wooden 11th century spire
Church of St Augustine, Brookland with its unique separate wooden 11th century spire

First stop was the very distinctive Church of St Augustine, at Brookland. It has a unique feature in that its 11th century wooden spire clad in cedar shingles, is built separately on the ground next to the main body of the church! We then visited a couple of other churches in the area before I was getting directed out deep into Romney Marsh and what was rapidly feeling like a road to nowhere!

arriving in the middle of nowhere to find a church in a field!
arriving in the middle of nowhere to find a church in a field!

Eventually we arrived at our destination, a small country lane in the middle of nowhere, where off in the distance, sitting in the middle of the marshland grazing fields surrounded by sheep, cattle and irrigation dykes and watercourse, sat St Thomas á Becket church, Fairfield!

Fairfield Church in Romney Marsh
Fairfield Church in Romney Marsh

It is a beautifully quirky, quintessentially English church in its scale and location. Its wonderfully weathered and lichen encroached brickwork apparently dates from the 18th century, and encases and protects the original 13th century timber frame structure.

lichen growth on the beautiful Fairfield Church brickwork
lichen growth on the beautiful Fairfield Church brickwork

To see inside, we discovered by research that the key can be obtained from Becket Barn Farm, Fairfield, TN29 9RZ, which is on the opposite side of the road a few hundred yards to the west of the church.

Fairfield Churches 13th Century timber frame
Fairfield Churches 13th Century timber frame

Inside this beautiful little church set in the middle of the grazing fields of Romney Marsh, is a very ‘domestic’ scale Georgian church interior, with a three decker pulpit and its original ‘box pews’ still painted white with black linings. Outside the church are three wooden bench seats, and it is a fantastic location to really take in the panoramic views and enjoy the peace and location!

I fell in love with this little church, and have put some photos up on 500px which are available to buy – I will donate 50% from any sale to the support of this beautiful little church that is part of the local heritage, feel free to have a look…

So after a long day taking in various medieval churches scattered across the expanses of Romney Marsh, it was great to head to the coast, stick the kettle on and soak up some sun as we took in a stunning sky scape panorama at Romney sands beach!

a beautiful sky-scape panorama to finish the day off at Romney Sands
a beautiful sky-scape panorama to finish the day off at Romney Sands

Although great to be out in the camper rather than underneath it, there are always a few little things that I could turn my attention to, things that I didn’t quite get the time to finish off before Ninove… the joys of owning a vintage VW, there is always either something to do or somewhere to go!

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