Lydd, Kent And The Cathedral On The Marsh
Lydd was originally a port and fishing centre, with sea-going vessels navigating the estuary of the River Rother. In 1287 a huge storm blocked the river mouth and changed the course of the River as a result The harbour became farmland, and the once-prosperous port turned into a quiet town on the marsh.
Lydd, is a location I have wanted to visit for a very long time as it was home to my 5th great-grandmother Jane Wood, she was born here in 1794, and was the wife of Admiral Jonathan Webb, who was one of Englands first ever coastguards.
Jane Wood’s mother Anne Lording was born here in 1772 and the Lording family can trace their lineage in Lydd right back to the 16th century.
Annes second cousin William Shepherd was a landsman who fought at the Battle of Trafalgar actually onboard HMS Victory.
So the family had an incredible link to Britains maritime history.
All Saints’ Church, also known as Lydd Church or The Cathedral on the Marsh. belongs to the Diocese of Canterbury. All Saints is the longest parish church in Kent at 199 feet, and also has one of the tallest towers in the county at 132 feet (40 m). The church is thought to incorporate a small Romano-British basilica possibly built in the 5th century, though most of the current fabric is medieval. It was associated with local fraternities or Guilds in the 15th century and could seat 1,000 people at a time. Severely damaged by World War II bombing, the church was subsequently restored and became a Grade I listed building in 1950.
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- Published: 31 October 2022
- Location: Lydd, Kent, England
- Duration: 8:43
- Photography – Stephen Robert Kuta
- Written by – Stephen Robert Kuta
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