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St George Ivychurch - Canterbury Diocese  

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Church Services at St George Ivychurch - Click here for the services at Ivychurch


Priest in Charge Revd. Julie Coleman, The Vicarage, North Street, New Romney TN28 8DR - Tel: 01797 362308


Please telephone Julie for Baptisms, Weddings and Banns at Ivychurch

or for any pastoral concern which you would like to discuss


- Churchwardens: Margaret Waite and John Hendy

- Organist: Jessie Bennett

- PCC Secretary: 

- PCC Treasurer: Sarah Wreathall

- Sacristan: John Hendy

- Church keys: Celia Heritage

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November’s services follow the usual pattern of worship at St George’s with a Eucharist at 6.30 pm on the first Sunday and a Sung Evensong at the same time  on the third Sunday.


The Ivychurch Harvest Supper on Saturday 4th October was a great success. Although our original number of 90 suddenly swelled to an unprecedented 130, it all provided a wonderful example of how a village community can come together and act for the common good. With three serving positions and an army of helpful assistants, the main course was served with the minimum of fuss. Entertainment was provided by six altos from the Tenterden-based group Ruby Tuesday who   sang a selection of mainly swing songs from the 1940s and altogether a jolly evening  was enjoyed by all. A huge thank you to all those who willingly gave    their time to make the Ivychurch Harvest Supper such a success in its preparation, execution and clearing up in the aftermath. By Sunday lunchtime, the church      had returned to something like normal!


With Remembrance Day fast approaching, this year’s ceremony is especially poignant, marking as it does the centenary of the start of the Great War. Our village war memorial records the names of eight men who were either born or who lived in Ivychurch but there were few families in the land who were not affected in some way or other with a personal loss. Villagers are warmly invited to place a small cross of remembrance on the bench below the memorial, with the name (and dates) of any family member who was lost in the First World War, so that they too might be remembered at this year’s ceremony.


The passing during September of two great supporters of our marsh churches needs to be recorded here.

Her Grace the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire was a Vice President of the Romney Marsh Historic Churches Trust and gave the AGM talk at Ivychurch in 1996. Reading through a transcript of her speech, the following paragraph seems particularly worth repeating: “I find it intensely moving to come into a church like this, alone, and to allow the atmosphere to overwhelm me and take me for a few minutes into the past and to drink in the peace which such atmosphere brings. It eases the mind and puts the bothers of everyday life into perspective”. The Duchess took a great interest in Ivychurch and through her input, a significant contribution was made towards the restoration of the church clock for which we shall always be grateful.

The actor and broadcaster Sir Donald Sinden was also a Vice President of the Trust and knew all the marsh churches really well, living as he did at nearby Ebony. His great wit and style combined with his mighty, sonorous and oh so fruity voice will be sorely missed. Sir Donald was a great lover of churches and was also a Vice President of the Ecclesiological Society.   

John Hendy



Due to its size and space, St. George's is known as 'the Cathedral of Romney Marsh' and is mainly a 14th century building with a sevenbay arcade built in the late Decorated style of English architecture. The body of the church dates from around 1360 with the Perpendicular-style tower and west end being added about 100 years later. There are some remains/ reminders of an earlier, Early English, church which are mainly found at the east end and the first Rector is recorded as taking up his post in 1242.


The building is mainly constructed of Kentish ragstone but some Caen stone from the earlier church can also be found as can many wave-rolled flints which are a reminder of the close proximityof the English Channel.


The nave is particularly impressive as it is empty of seats and the space is put to uses such as exhibitions, concerts, barn dances and the annual Harvest Supper. The recently restored north aisle (originally the Lady Chapel) is now a Museum of Rural Life.


The population of the parish has never been large and the church is a statement of importance and propaganda on behalf of the Archbishops of Canterbury on whose land it was built in the Manor of Aldington. The blocked clerestory windows in the nave are identical to those in the south aisle of Canterbury Cathedral which indicate that masons from Canterbury were involved with its construction.


We operate an open church policy and visitors are welcome during the hours of daylight. Please sign our visitors' book!


Information concerning the church is available via our new all-colour church guide and our Architectural Guide to St. George's which contains a detailed plan. John Piper post cards are also available for sale.


The parish is huge and spreads across the marsh down to the Kent ditch (the boundary between Kent and East Sussex) although its population is only some 170, 50% of whom live in the village. The shape of the parish is rather unusual as it follows the parcels of land to the south-west which were progressively 'inned' (drained) in the 12th century onwards.


The church congregation is small but very welcoming. Services are held every other Sunday and include both a Eucharist from Common Worship and a Sung Evensong from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.




 Where the word “in” appears before a date it signifies that the

priest was in occupation of the benefice during that year but

 the date of his institution is not known.


Walter de Bradele



Thomas Osmonton


Robert de Orlawestone

  in 1278  

Alexander Burnett


Hugh de Penebroke

  1288     Bishop of Aberdeen 1663

Hugh de Nottingham

  1293     Archbishop of Glasgow 1664

John de Ros


  in 1301     Archbishop of St Andrews  1679

Robert de Norton



Robert Boys


Walter de Kemeseye


Edward Ladbrooke


William de Foxcote


  in 1337  

Obadiah Brookesbye


William de Leghton



Nicholas Battely


Robert de Charwelton


Elias Sydall


Thomas de Preston

  1368     Dean of Canterbury 1728

John Marcelly


  1368     Bishop of St Davids 1731

Thomas Forster


  in 1375     Bishop of Gloucester 1731

Thomas Guldesfeld


  in 1404  

George Jordan



John Bateman



Henry Heaton



Matthew Assheton


Bladen Downing



Philip Morgan



Anthony Egerton Hammond 


Bishop of Worcester 1419  

William Wing Fowle


Bishop of Ely   1427  

The Hon. Hugh Percy


Senobius Naufer


  1417     Dean of Canterbury 1825

Peter de Monte


  in 1440     Bishop of Rochester 1827

Nicholas Risshton


  1441     Bishop of Carlisle   1827

Robert Sturdy



George Robert Gleig


John Goldstone


  1492     Chaplain General to the Forces  

Herman Tuleman



Wm. Charles Lockwood Wingate


John Clerke



John Aaron Miller




Dean of Windsor   1519  

Newcome Reginald Raven



Bishop of Bath & Wells 1523  

George Hewitt




John Stokesley


William Rutherford




Bishop of London    1530  

David Allan Pope




Nicholas Wotton


Nigel George O’Connor



First Dean of Canterbury 1542  

Walter Littlewood




Dean of York   1544  

John Mark Arnott Roberts



John Armerar


John Harold Coleman



Andrew Peerson


Henry Wayland

    1589     PRIESTS-IN-CHARGE  

Gervase Nidd


Martin Nicholas Dale


John Sandford


James Lewis Field 



Thomas Jackson


John Banks




If you would like to make a donation towards the upkeep of any of these four wonderful churches then please telephone


Priest in Charge  The Vicarage, North Street, New Romney TN28 8DR - Tel: 01797 362308


Please telephone for Baptisms, Weddings and Banns at Dymchurch or for any pastoral concerns which you would like to discuss.