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Things to do in Ivychurch, Kent

Ivychurch is a sleepy village in the heart of the Romney Marsh. While it may not be awash with amenities, it does offer some interesting sights and historic buildings.

Ivychurch church and pub © Celia Heritage
Ivychurch church and pub © Celia Heritage

The Church of St.Georges is a true 'Cathedral of the Marsh'. Built in the 13th century, it has a square clock tower and stands proudly in the middle of the village.

St.Georges is open to the public and many visitors come to see this great building.

Inside the church is a First World War memorial plaque that has very recently been dedicated to commemorate the 7 men lost from the village.

Ivychurch church © Celia Heritage
Ivychurch church © Celia Heritage

Also inside is said to be a tunnel that linked one of the houses in the village to the church during the smuggling era.

Next to the church is, of course, a public house. 'The Bell' dates back to the 16th century and is a fine example of a marsh inn.

Inside it has very low ceilings with plenty of oak beams. It is said to serve good beer and food on most evenings.

Opposite the pub and church are the village green and village hall.

The green has a play area for children and the hall has a gated car park outside. Inside the hall, there is a stage and kitchen which have recently been renovated.

Ivychurch church from side © Celia Heritage
Ivychurch church from side © Celia Heritage

It is the meeting place of the Parish Council. Although the hall is owned by this council, it is leased to the Ivychurch Amenities Association, (I.A.A.) - a charity formed to support the refurbishment and upkeep of the hall.

They have achieved much to date, and organise various fundraising events for this cause.

Ivychurch parish is soon to house a Wind Farm. Although not in the village itself, the development has sparked some controversy.

Around Ivychurch there are numerous walks and footpaths some of which link the various villages that surround it. There are two cycle routes for the Marsh that also go through the village.

Description by Doug Suckling

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