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Fairfield lies between Brookland and Brenzett on a minor road in a deserted part of the Walland Marsh .

The area was won from the sea (inned) sometime between 1200 and 1270. The monks from Canterbury built dykes to the western edge of the Rhee Wall (the sea defenses built by the Romans) and enclosed the land so reclaiming the rich and fertile soil from the sea.

1287 saw the great storm in which Broomhill was swept away and New Romney barely survived. The Rother changed its course to the sea, and exited the marshes at Rye, whereas before the storm the river found its way to the sea near to modern day Greatstone and Littlestone .

Fayrefelde existed before 1595 as a map of the time shows the village approximately where the church now sits. It is likely that as the land became more reclaimed so the village sprung up.

Nowadays all that can be seen is the church lying down from the road embankment which is probably the original inning wall. The church was built as a temporary structure of timber lath and plaster in the 1200's to support the local farming community. The exterior has been strengthened with brick, and in 1913 the whole building was reconstructed and encased to preserve it.

St Thomas a Beckett at Fairfield is one of those churches supported by the Romney Marsh Historic Churches Trust .

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The church of St Thomas a Beckett holds services at 10am on the first Sunday of every month, further details can be obtained from the vicar.

There are no services at Fairfield , but about 2 miles away lies Appledore with its tea shops and other attractions.

The nearest trains to the area stop at Appledore station which is about 4 miles away.

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Fairfield church is very pretty lying alone in a field surrounded by sheep.

The views across the deserted ex marshland are very pretty.
Name Derivation TopSmall
Fairfield is derived from the Medieval fair and field (Field in which the market takes place).

Nearby Villages (within 6 miles)
Appledore (Danes invade England) 1.6 miles
Brookland (13th century wooden spire) 1.9 miles
Reading Street & Ebony (Priory and Shipbuilding) 1.9 miles
Snargate (Sluice Gates made by Royal Order) 1.9 miles
Stone in Oxney (Roman stone altar) 1.9 miles
Brenzett (St Eanswyth a saxon princess) 2.2 miles
Snave (the Remote church) 3.3 miles
Kenardington (Danes destroy Saxon Fort) 3.5 miles
Playden (Saltcote and fish) 3.5 miles
Iden (Sheriff of Kent and Jack Cade) 3.7 miles
East Guldeford (Barn-like Church) 3.9 miles
Ivychurch (The burial ground on the Island) 3.9 miles
Warehorne (A good place to explore the Marshes) 3.9 miles
Hamstreet & Orlestone (The Start of the Ordnance Survey) 4.1 miles
Woodchurch (Dragoons capture Smugglers) 4.2 miles
Wittersham (Park your Airship here ?) 4.3 miles
Old Romney (Sheep and Wool Smuggling) 4.6 miles
Camber (Sands and Holidays) 4.8 miles
Smallhythe (The Ellen Terry Museum) 4.8 miles
Broomhill (Swept away by the Storm) 4.9 miles
Rye (On the Island) 4.9 miles
Old Winchelsea (Abandoned after the Great Storm) 5.1 miles
Rye Harbour (Nature Reserve and unspoilt beaches) 5.1 miles
Peasmarsh (Black Death moves village) 5.6 miles
Ruckinge (Smuggling and Traction Engines) 5.7 miles


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