On arriving back in England after 7 years in Australia, we ended up in Kent, and were lucky enough to rent a home for a year in lovely St Mary in the Marsh. The big skies of the marsh helped in settling in removing any longing for the big skies of Australia, and giving us a welcome relief from its harshness, with beautiful gentle colours and countryside, and holds special place in my heart.
St Mary in the Marsh is a village near New Romney in Kent, England, situated in the heart of Romney Marsh in one of its least populated areas, but with New Romney just 3 miles away, there are plenty of amenities close by. The village consists of a few homes, The Star Inn, which provides a focal point for the local community, and a church, “St Mary the Virgin”
It is probable that there was a Saxon church on the site originally known as "Siwold's Circe". This was superseded after the Norman invasion by a stone built church with a splendid three tier tower of Kentish ragstone. The oldest parts of the church are about 1133 AD. The chancel was extended in about 1220 AD. Inside is a plaque commemorating Edith Nesbit, author of The Railway Children, who lived at St. Mary's Bay and is buried in the churchyard. There are many interesting features of the building which warrant a visit.