The church dedicated to St Rumwold is said to be one of the
oldest on the Romney Marsh . St Rumwold was a child saint,
born in Northampton in the 600's AD the King of Mercia's son,
it is said he distinguished himself by preaching his first sermon
at Brackley on his second day of life, and dying on his third day.
The land in this area used to be common ground, but it was settled
and farming became the local trade.
Bonnington used to be the site of the Leet Court before the times
of Elizabeth I.
In 1804 Napoleon was getting ready to invade England, the government
decided to try to stop a French invasion via the Romney Marshes and
they built the Royal Military Canal as part of the nations defenses.
It was re-fortified in the 1940's by installing gun emplacements and
pill boxes to try to delay a German invasion via the Marshes, the
canal runs alongside Bonnington near to the church .
The Aldington Gang of smugglers in the 1820's came from Aldington
about 1 mile inland, and the area was one of the main routes for the
goods to come in to Aldington from the Marshes. It is likely that
St Rumwolds church was used to store the contraband.
Bonnington has no local services except for the church which
lies about 1 mile from the village on the edge of the
Romney Marsh .
The main shopping centre is at Ashford about 7 miles north west
which has all the services including trains and Eurostar .
Bonnington is glimsed as you pass by on the B2067, it is a small
If you turn towards Newchurch at the village crossroads and travel
about 1 mile you come to St Rumwolds church and the Royal Military Canal
which is quite deserted and has gorgeous views across the Romney Marsh .