GMS Notes No.61 August 2013

Last Month’s Meeting

Visit to Church of Blessed Mary and Ruins of Walmer Manor

Bowshers_outside_churchWe gather at the porch of St Mary’s ChurchAt last we had the summer weather we had been waiting for and about a dozen of us were able to enjoy a very pleasant evening exploring the twelfth century church of Blessed Mary, Walmer and then on to the ruins of the fortified Manor House.

 

Window_of_ChurchStained glass window at the east end of the ChurchThe church and manor house were built by the D’Aubervilles and then passed by marriage to the de Criol family. The family home was Westenhanger near Folkestone, but Walmer Manor house would have been a good base to administer their lands in this area. They also held manors in Great Mongeham and Sholden. 

Group_looking_at_wall_of_Manor_House_from_churchyardWe are looking at the wall of the Manor House from the churchyard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The church had been enlarged in Victorian times but later returned to its original dimensions. There were several items of interest within the church. Of particular interest was the cartoon of the Duke of Wellington sleeping through a sermon.

 Val__Foxes_in_ruinsMargery and Alan discuss the ruins with Val We were shown around the ruins by Brian Walker whose timely purchase of the site enabled him to set about a restoration project which has saved the ruin for at least another generation. 

Walmer_Manor_Church_in_backThe church of the Blessed Mary can be seen beyond the Manor ruinsWalmer_Manor_ruinsThe inner rooms of the Manor House 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August Meeting

We will meet in the car park behind the Eastry Village Hall at 7.15 pm. for a visit to the Eastry Caves. I must confess I know very little about the caves and am looking forward to finding out more. For those unable to make it I will tell you all about the visit next month. We Meet on Thursday 15th August.

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