The name is derived from the Saxon for the burial ground on an island .
Ie in ancient Saxon means island and ciric or circa means a burial ground.
A Ciric is a circular Celtic burial ground raised above ground level,
to keep the dead dry. The circular form is believed to be the celtic
symbol of immortality.
The later names given to the area show that the name has changed from
Ie Circa to Ive Circa to Yve Church then Ivy Church.
The church has been used for smuggling as were most of the others on
Romney Marsh. There is a legend that a church sexton told a rector
that 'Bain't no service s'morning, Parson, pulpit be full o'baccy
and the vestry be full o'brandy.
The church contains a curious sentry box called a hudd in which a
parson stood while presiding over a funeral so that his bible and
clothes remained dry.
The second world war saw the church being used as an ARP and Fire Post.