St Dunstan


St Dunstan was built in the late 12th century with just a chancel and nave, the north and south aisles being added a little later. In the 14th century a spacious east end was created. In the northwest pier of the chancel, the remains of the entrance and steps to the medieval rood loft can be seen. At the west end of the north aisle there is a wall painting of a great ship dated c.1500, a reminder of the nearby shipbuilding yards that existed at that time. The Rev. Richard Harris Barham, author of the humorous tales The Ingoldsby Legends, was vicar of St Dunstan, from 1817 to 1829.

View of Saint Dunstan's church, Snargate, framed by trees, taken over a reed bed, across fields lightly covered in snow
View of the short squat tower of Saint Dunstan, built simply of ragstone, taken over gravestones in the graveyard
Close up view of the wall painting of a "Great Ship" of circa 1500 in red ochre on north wall of north aisle
View of Saint Dunstan's church, Snargate, framed by trees, featuring a reed bed in the foreground stretching across fields

Church Access Arrangements

Usually open. Key at the Red Lion Inn or from Church Warden Mr David Body, 01233 732412. Reverend Chris Maclean 01797 320345. Further information about the local church community may be found on the website of the Marsh Churches Benefice

Map Location of St Dunstan, Snargate (TN29 0EW)

Title Address Description
St Dunstan
B2080, Romney Marsh TN29, UKSnargate, TN29 0EW