Folkestone village celebrates its history - PHOTOS

Contributed by editor on Oct 29, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Spoonmaker  Photo: Susan Carey

By Susan Carey

A re-enactment group helped to celebrate the rich history of Lyminge village near Folkestone at the weekend

The archaeological dig on Tayne Field in Lyminge between 2012 and 2015 uncovered finds of such importance that they made the national press.


Ost Centingas with local councillors Susan Carey and Jenny Hollingsbee

Evidence of a complex of great halls dating from the 7th Century were found along with remains of pottery, glass and elite cavalry gear that indicate these were buildings used by kings of Kent. Now Lyminge Historical Society has erected an information board detailing the finds and on 27 October, Dr Gabor Thomas who led the dig unveiled the sign and gave a talk about them.


Dr Thomas giving his lecture in the Methodist church  Photo: Susan Carey

As well as villagers the event was attended by Ost Centingas a historical re-enactment group and they demonstrated some of the tools and weapons used by inhabitants of Lyminge in the early Medieval period.


Ost Centingas Photo: Susan Carey


Dr Thomas hopes to be able to use Ost Centingas to make history come alive for local schools and he is submitting a bid for funding a three year project which will study and document the finds, tour them round local museums and create a multi media heritage trail around Lyminge and an Anglo Saxon festival on Tayne Field.


Demonstrating how to use an axe  Photo: Susan Carey

Dr Thomas gave a fascinating talk about Lyminge’s past and pointed out that the present Coach & Horses pub was close to where the Mead Hall had been but that the Mead Hall was considerably larger than the pub.


The Tayne Centre where there were stands and refreshments following the talk  Photo: Susan Carey

He said the Lyminge finds were comparable in importance to those at Sutton Hoo and that there would be a year long exhibition at the National Trust museum at Sutton Hoo comparing finds from Lyminge with those from the royal burial ground. Dr Thomas declared the Lyminge finds were ‘Undoubtedly the richest developmental narrative ever obtained for a royal settlement in early medieval England.’


Dr Thomas making his speech on Tayne Field  Photo: Susan Carey

Meanwhile another dig is planned for Lyminge. Called ‘Pathways to the Past’ this project is to re-excavate finds first made in Victorian times of the early Anglo Saxon church but then re-buried. You can find out more about this and how to get involved at

The information board was funded by a grant from Folkestone & Hythe District Council and local district councillors Susan Carey and Jenny Hollingsbee who were on hand to see the ‘grand unveiling’. Susan has also awarded a KCC grant to the Pathways to the Past project to help get the project started.

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