The Church of St. Mary & St. Ethelburga – Lyminge Parish Church
This beautiful Church has stood since 633AD and is still very active today, looking after the needs of the community.
It has a rich and varied history, the early part of which is reproduced here:
Ethelburga, daughter of King Ethelbert and Queen Bertha of Kent, married Edwin, King of Northumbria. By her influence he was converted and baptised at the place where York Minster now stands. But he was killed in battle against the heathen in 633, and Queen Ethelburga fled for safety to Kent. Her brother, now King Eadbald, gave her a royal property in Lyminge. Lyminge was a settlement in Roman times and the domestic buildings occupied by Queen Ethelburga may have been of Roman origin, being perhaps then only 250 years old. Here she founded a double minster or convent for men and women, becoming the first Abbess.
In 634 Northumbria was regained by Edwin’s nephew Oswald, a Christian educated at Iona. He also died in battle with the heathen in 642 and is commemorated at St. Oswald’s, Paddlesworth four miles away. Ethelburga died in 647, she was regarded as a Saint, and her remains placed in the northern porticus of her church made the place a pilgrimage shrine.
The Abbey was overrun by the Danes about 840, but existed later in the ninth century, without the nuns who remained in Canterbury. About 965 the monks also went to Canterbury, and Lyminge became an ordinary parish.
Contact: Mike Chinneck
Tel: 01303 863911