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Re-interpreting the early masonry church uncovered in Lyminge during 2019
16th January 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Joint Centre for Kent History & Heritage and FCAT lectures 2020
Lyminge, some 12 miles south of Canterbury, has long been known from historical records as the site where Queen Ethelburga is supposed to have founded a church in the 630s in the first phase of the Christian conversion, following the arrival of St Augustine in Kent in 597. Excavations by the Rector of Lyminge, Canon Jenkins, in the 1850s and 1860s revealed a masonry structure that he interpreted as a substantial basilican church, which he attributed to Ethelburga and where he believed he found her tomb. For a century and a half, this interpretation has raised questions, but the archaeology remained inaccessible beneath the paths of the churchyard.