St Thomas Becket Church, Fairfield

Arguably the most iconic of all the churches on Romney Marsh, St Thomas Becket sits alone in a field, surrounded by water courses and sheep.

It was built in the 12th century and restored in the 18th century, when the original timber building was encased in brick. Much of the original timber work can be seen inside the church, which also contains a seven-sided font and triple-decker pulpit.

Legend has it that St Thomas a Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury, had the church built after he was rescued from one of the many ditches on the marsh by a farmer. He prayed for a miracle and just in time a farmer arrived to save him.

Visitors may recognise the church from the 2011 BBC adaptation of Great Expectations, the film of the same name in 2012 or TV series Parade's End. It is also one of the most photographed locations in Kent.


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