GMS News 98 January 2017












Carols by the tree


More than forty carol singers gathered in the car park of the village hall, in the light of the Christmas tree on the green. carol_singing_2 carol_singing_1 Once again the singing was led by Peter Hambrook, who took us through all the old favourites. We then repaired to the hall, where Brian and Diana Knight supplied us with mulled wine and hotmince pies. The Great Mongeham Handbell Ringers, led by Audrey Pitchford, entertained us with a selection of seasonal tunes while we sat around and relaxed. All in all it was a very pleasant way to open the season’s festivities.





















January Meeting

shove_apennybar_skittlesWe start the New Year on 19th January with an evening of fun and games. Bring  along any board games, tabletop games  and/or floor games of yesteryear you can lay your hands on.

To get us in a party spirit bring a plate of festive fare and we’ll start the year off with a New Year celebration





More material for our archives.

From time to time Marion Boyce passes on to me copies of photographs and other items collected by her family. These I place in our village archive. The latest batch of papers collected by her father contains copies of  articles from books and magazines which I have already come across. However there are several items which provide me with new information, including material on tithes put together by her father. Below is a transcription of an interesting   set of notes in the collection written by Ben Stacker. 


Notes on the Mediaeval Discoid Grave Markers at Great Mongeham Church

13th_c_gravestoneIt is rare for mediaeval grave stones to survive intact, and the discoid shaped marker by the West entrance to the church is in particularly good condition. Exact dating is a problem, and this type of monument, and this type of monument was used between the 13th and 15th centuries, though the cross Pomée with rounded terminals seems to have been popular in the reign of Henry IV, 1422 – 61, and can be found on headstonecoins of that period. Six others of this design (mainly fragments) have been found in Kent, and only one other (New Romney)
still in position, though the Mongeham cross is unique in having chamfers on the shaft. One detached head was recently found in St. Leonard’s at Deal during restoration work. When complete the shafts are about 50cms long with an underground bulge at the base to key it into the ground’

The remains of a second discoid grave marker may be seen in the South facing wall of the organ room 2.29m from the floor, where it has been adapted for use as a corbel. This is of a more simple incised “tramline” design and could be 12th century.

To date, (Feb 87) an extensive search has revealed 66 other discoid gravemarkers in Kent*, and 23 designs. Most are fragments, and only 11 others are still set in the ground as at Mongeham, none of which are in as good condition.

Who would warrant such a monument and still wish to remain anonymous is a matter for conjecture, perhaps it was modesty befitting a priest or member of a monastic order.

*29 locations including Mongeham

Ben Stacker

                                           Dover Archaeological Group


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