St Thomas Becket


St Thomas Becket is the most iconic of all the churches on Romney Marsh. The tiny building that dates back to the late 12th century sits isolated in a field cut through with dykes and grazed by sheep; the houses of the original medieval inhabitants of Fairfield have long since disappeared. Constructed with a wooden frame and walls of wattle and daub, the church was restored in the 18th century when the walls were replaced with bricks. Inside the church is a pristine 18th century interior with a white-painted triple-decker pulpit, box pews, and oval text boards.

Distant exterior view of Saint Thomas Beckett Church, Fairfield, looking down a drainage channel, brickwork reddened by evening light
Interior upward view of roof structure showing supporting beams, large crown posts, and extensive planking
Black wall plaque with gold lettering “Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for such is the Kingdom of God.”
Interior view of church looking down upon the high white painted 18th Century box pews, looking towards stone font
Close up interior view of the church, including very high painted white pews, wooden flooring, large wooden roof beams
Distant exterior view of Saint Thomas Beckett Church, Fairfield, looking across the snowy marsh with reeds in the foreground

Church Access Arrangements

The Church is locked. Key hangs on wall of nearby farmhouse towards Appledore, in yard by back door. Church Wardens Mrs Maureen Akers, 01797 344628, Cris Descher 07920 484637. Reverend Shuna Body, 01797 343977. Further information about the local church community may be found on the website of the Marsh Churches Benefice

Map Location of St Thomas Becket, Fairfield (TN29 9RZ)

Title Address Description
St Thomas Beckett
Brack Ln, Romney Marsh TN29 9RY, UKFairfield, TN31 7PA