Lydd

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Coordinates: 50°57′08″N 0°54′26″E / 50.952330°N 0.907290°E / 50.952330; 0.907290

Lydd
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The Rype, Lydd
Lydd is located in Kent
Lydd
Lydd
 Lydd shown within Kent
Population 5,782 (2001)[1]
District Shepway
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Romney Marsh
Postcode district TN29
Dialling code 01797
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Folkestone and Hythe
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High Street, Lydd

Lydd is a town in Kent, England, lying on the Romney Marsh. It is one of the larger villages on the marsh, and the most southerly village in Kent. Lydd reached the height of its prosperity during the 13th century, when it was a corporate member of the Cinque Ports, a "limb" of Romney. Actually located on Denge Marsh, Lydd was one of the first sandy islands to form as the bay evolved into what is now called the Romney Marsh. The name Hlyda, which derives from the Latin word for "shore", was found in a Saxon charter dating from the 8th century.

The parish of Lydd comprises the town of Lydd, Dungeness, Lydd-on-Sea and parts of Greatstone.

Notable buildings in Lydd include the Gordon house longhall, a guildhall and a mediaeval courthouse. Chamberlains and churchwardens accounts of the 15th century survive alongside the town charters.

History[edit]

Lydd developed as a settlement during the Romano-British period on a shingle island when the coast at the time cut off Lydd from the mainland.[1] The settlement continued into the Saxon period, with the Saxon church using Roman materials as part of its early construction.[2] The town reached the height of its prosperity during the 13th century, when it was a corporate member of the Cinque Ports, a "limb" of Romney.[3] As with much of the marsh, the town was a base for smuggling in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Before the First World War Lydd became an important artillery practice camp. Experiments with high explosives carried out on the shingle wastes around 1888 led to the invention of the explosive Lyddite. Lydd was at one time a garrison town and the area is still an important training ground for the armed forces, at one time having an extensive narrow gauge railway network.

Second World War[edit]

Aerial view of Lydd with the airfield in the centre of the photograph

In September 1940, one of four young Dutch men who had landed on the coast between Hythe and Dungeness in a rowing boat, was arrested for spying shortly after drinking at the Rising Sun pub.[4] Three of them were hanged at Pentonville Prison.[5]

On 21 October, a Dornier was forced to land at the Lydd aerodrome, short of fuel, having been confused in his bearings whilst attempting to return to France, by the use of recently invented equipment devised to interrupt the homing beams sent from Germany to guide such planes. The Dornier was the first example of this new type of bomber to fall into the hands of British Intelligence. Lydd's wartime airfield was situated north of the town - only one Nissen hut now remains.

A Wellington bomber had the misfortune to crash-land on 26 June on returning from a 1,500-plane attack on Bremen. The 19-year-old pilot managed to get the plane down safely near Lydd, and the crew survived the crash, but were not certain they were in England until rescuers came to their assistance.

On the 27 November, a train came under attack by two Focke-Wulf 190s. The train, hauled by Southern Railway D3 number 2365 which was just departing from Lydd Town railway station, had its boiler hit. The resulting jet of high pressure steam from the engine hit the plane, causing it to crash-land nearby, the pilot was found dead, but no railway staff or passengers were injured. The two planes, had been heading over the coast after a raid on Ashford.

All Saints Church[edit]

All Saints Church, also known as Lydd Church or The Cathedral on the Marsh,[6][7] belongs to the Diocese of Canterbury. All Saints is the longest parish church in Kent at 199 feet (61 m), and also has one of the tallest towers in the county at 132 feet (40 m).[8] The church is thought to incorporate a small Romano-British basilica possibly built in the 5th century, though most of the current fabric is medieval.[9] It was associated with local fraternities or guilds in the 15th century and could seat 1,000 people at a time. Severely damaged by World War II bombing, the church was subsequently restored and became a Grade I listed building in 1950.[7]

Economy[edit]

The parish encompasses four electricity industry sites: Dungeness A & B Nuclear Power Stations, a substation of the National Grid, and a former static inverter plant used by the HVDC Cross-Channel between 1961 and 1984. Dungeness A has now ceased electricity production and is in the process of being de-commissioned. There are several sewers in the area, including Dengemarsh Sewer, Jury's Gut Sewer, Scotney Petty Sewer.

Sport[edit]

Lydd has two football clubs, Lydd Town established in 1885, and Lydd United established in 2009. Lydd Town play in the Kent Invicta Football League. United play in the Ashford and District Saturday League. Lydd also has a kart/minimoto track called Lydd International Kart Circuit. Lydd Cricket Club is based at the Banks, Dennes Lane, sharing also with Brenzett C.C. Both the ground and pavilion belong to the Town Council.

Local media[edit]

Lydd has two paid for newspapers, the Romney Marsh Herald (published by Kent Regional News and Media) and the Kentish Express (published by the KM Group. Free newspapers for the town include the Folkestone and Hythe Extra,there is also a fortnightly publication called "The Looker" published by the owners of RMFM and an alternate publication called The Marsh Mail Edited by Amanda Heath of The Craft Shop, New Romney

The local radio station for Lydd is KMFM Shepway and White Cliffs Country. Lydd is also served by the county-wide stations Heart, Gold and BBC Radio Kent; and has good coverage of stations based in East Sussex.

There are several websites that cover the Romney Marsh. Two are romneymarsh.co.uk and theromneymarsh.net.

Lydd also has Two interesting Facebook Groups...."Memories and Photo's of Growing up In Lydd" which now has approx 3,500 pictures of yesteryear and also LYDD CLUB DAY PHOTO'S which include pictures from the first Lydd Club Day 1948 after the wars to the present day.

Club day[edit]

Lydd Club Day is the annual local Carnival held on the Rype – the largest on Romney Marsh,[10] held on the third Saturday of June. It was established in 1868. Apart from a brief cessation during the war years, has taken place annually ever since.[11] The day features a funfair, boot fair in the morning, stalls and Children's Dressing Up in the afternoon and Floats in the evening. The evening ends with a firework display and the lit up funfair.

On the Friday evening before Lydd Club Day, there has been a long standing tradition of “Test Night” when the funfair opens, at reduced prices for the evening. In recent years, an event entitled 'Pirate Friday', has begun. Most Lydd residents have no real understanding of what this event is supposed to entail, other than Lydd’s pub frequenters dressing in pirate outfits! The event was created in 2006 by local residents Jason James, David Usher and Ian Parrot in the Royal Mail. The now annual event has proved so popular it has been adopted by every pub in Lydd. Since the evening parade in 2011, there has been an entrant from residents that have participated in the Pirate Friday.

Airport[edit]

Lydd Airport, the first constructed in Britain after the Second World War, is now known as London Ashford Airport.[12]

Notable people of Lydd[edit]

David Denne, of the family of that name from Lydd, was Deputy Lieutenant and Justice of the Peace for the County of Kent, and formerly Captain of the East Kent and Cinque Ports Yeomanry, and Bailiff of the town Corporation 23 times. He died in December 1861 aged 63.[13]

Samuel Fisher, a noted lecturer at Lydd, who then resigned his lectureship to become Baptist and Quaker, was a noted religious controversialist and is known especially for his book Rusticus ad Academicos: The Rusticks Alarm to the Rabbies that anticipated in important ways some principles of modern biblical criticism. Fisher lived in Lydd from 1632 until 1660, and died in 1665. [14]

Climate[edit]

Climate in this area has mild dfferences between highs and lows, and there is adequate rainfall year round. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfb" (Marine West Coast Climate/Oceanic climate).[15]

Climate data for Lydd, UK
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 7
(45)
7
(45)
9
(48)
11
(52)
14
(58)
17
(63)
19
(67)
20
(68)
18
(65)
14
(58)
10
(50)
8
(46)
12.8
(55.4)
Average low °C (°F) 3
(38)
3
(37)
3
(37)
5
(41)
8
(46)
11
(51)
13
(56)
13
(56)
12
(53)
8
(47)
5
(41)
3
(38)
7.3
(45.1)
Precipitation mm (inches) 48
(1.9)
41
(1.6)
46
(1.8)
36
(1.4)
33
(1.3)
41
(1.6)
46
(1.8)
50
(2)
53
(2.1)
89
(3.5)
71
(2.8)
71
(2.8)
625
(24.6)
Source: Weatherbase [16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alan Everitt (1985). LANDSCAPE & COMMUNITY IN ENGLAND. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 18. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  2. ^ John Hines (1 Sep 2003). The Anglo-Saxons from the Migration Period to the Eighth Century. Boydell Press. p. 389. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Cinque Ports Limbs". Archived from the original on 2008-05-29. Retrieved 2008-08-17. 
  4. ^ Joshua Levine (4 Apr 2011). Operation Fortitude: The True Story of the Key Spy Operation of WWII That Saved D-Day. HarperCollins UK. pp. 62–63. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Hanged, the Nazi spies who came to Britain in a pair of rowing boats | Mail Online". dailymail.co.uk. 1 May 2007. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Hillier, Caroline (1980). The bulwark shore: Thanet and the Cinque ports. E. Methuen. p. 236. ISBN 978-0-413-39580-1. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Church of All Saints, Lydd". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "The Medieval Churches of Romney Marsh". Romney Marsh Heritage Trail. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  9. ^ Wilson, David Mackenzie. The Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon England. Routledge. p. 166. ISBN 9780416150902. 
  10. ^ http://www.thevillagedirectorykent.co.uk/?p=1426
  11. ^ http://www.thisiskent.co.uk/Club-Day-return-say-organisers/story-14333394-detail/story.html#axzz2PEmejiT5
  12. ^ "London Ashford Airport". Retrieved 2008-08-17. 
  13. ^ "Players and Officials - David Denne". Cricinfo.com. Retrieved 2008-08-17. 
  14. ^ Bickley, Augustus. ""Fisher, Samuel (1605-1660)". DNBoo. Oxford University Press. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  15. ^ Climate Summary for Lydd, UK
  16. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013.  Retrieved on July 9, 2013.

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