The Rype, Lydd
Lydd shown within Kent
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Lydd is a town in Kent, England, lying on the Romney Marsh. It is one of the larger villages on the marsh, and the most southerly village in Kent. Lydd reached the height of its prosperity during the 13th century, when it was a corporate member of the Cinque Ports, a "limb" of Romney. Actually located on Denge Marsh, Lydd was one of the first sandy islands to form as the bay evolved into what is now called the Romney Marsh. The name Hlyda, which derives from the Latin word for "shore", was found in a Saxon charter dating from the 8th century.
Lydd developed as a settlement during the Romano-British period on a shingle island when the coast at the time cut off Lydd from the mainland. The settlement continued into the Saxon period, with the Saxon church using Roman materials as part of its early construction. The town reached the height of its prosperity during the 13th century, when it was a corporate member of the Cinque Ports, a "limb" of Romney. As with much of the marsh, the town was a base for smuggling in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Before the First World War Lydd became an important artillery practice camp. Experiments with high explosives carried out on the shingle wastes around 1888 led to the invention of the explosive Lyddite. Lydd was at one time a garrison town and the area is still an important training ground for the armed forces, at one time having an extensive narrow gauge railway network.
Second World War
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In September 1940, one of four young Dutch men who had landed on the coast between Hythe and Dungeness in a rowing boat, was arrested for spying shortly after drinking at the Rising Sun pub. Three of them were hanged at Pentonville Prison.
On 21 October, a Dornier was forced to land at the Lydd aerodrome, short of fuel, having been confused in his bearings whilst attempting to return to France, by the use of recently invented equipment devised to interrupt the homing beams sent from Germany to guide such planes. The Dornier was the first example of this new type of bomber to fall into the hands of British Intelligence. Lydd's wartime airfield was situated north of the town - only one Nissen hut now remains.
A Wellington bomber had the misfortune to crash-land on 26 June on returning from a 1,500-plane attack on Bremen. The 19-year-old pilot managed to get the plane down safely near Lydd, and the crew survived the crash, but were not certain they were in England until rescuers came to their assistance.
On the 27 November, a train came under attack by two Focke-Wulf 190s. The train, hauled by Southern Railway D3 number 2365 which was just departing from Lydd Town railway station, had its boiler hit. The resulting jet of high pressure steam from the engine hit the plane, causing it to crash-land nearby, the pilot was found dead, but no railway staff or passengers were injured. The two planes, had been heading over the coast after a raid on Ashford.
All Saints Church
All Saints Church, also known as Lydd Church or The Cathedral on the Marsh, belongs to the Diocese of Canterbury. All Saints is the longest parish church in Kent at 199 feet (61 m), and also has one of the tallest towers in the county at 132 feet (40 m). The church is thought to incorporate a small Romano-British basilica possibly built in the 5th century, though most of the current fabric is medieval. It was associated with local fraternities or guilds in the 15th century and could seat 1,000 people at a time. Severely damaged by World War II bombing, the church was subsequently restored and became a Grade I listed building in 1950.
The parish encompasses four electricity industry sites: Dungeness A & B Nuclear Power Stations, a substation of the National Grid, and a former static inverter plant used by the HVDC Cross-Channel between 1961 and 1984. Dungeness A has now ceased electricity production and is in the process of being de-commissioned. There are several sewers in the area, including Dengemarsh Sewer, Jury's Gut Sewer, Scotney Petty Sewer.
Lydd has two football clubs, Lydd Town established in 1885, and Lydd United established in 2009. Lydd Town play in the Kent Invicta Football League. United play in the Ashford and District Saturday League. Lydd also has a kart/minimoto track called Lydd International Kart Circuit. Lydd Cricket Club is based at the Banks, Dennes Lane, sharing also with Brenzett C.C. Both the ground and pavilion belong to the Town Council.
Lydd has two paid for newspapers, the Romney Marsh Herald (published by Kent Regional News and Media) and the Kentish Express (published by the KM Group. Free newspapers for the town include the Folkestone and Hythe Extra, part of the KM Group; and yourshepway, part of KOS Media,there is also a fortnightly publication called "The Looker" published by the owners of RMFM.
The local radio station for Lydd is KMFM Shepway and White Cliffs Country. Lydd is also served by the county-wide stations Heart, Gold and BBC Radio Kent; and has good coverage of stations based in East Sussex.
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Lydd Club Day is the annual local Carnival held on the Rype – the largest on Romney Marsh, held on the third Saturday of June. It was established in 1868. Apart from a brief cessation during the war years, has taken place annually ever since. The day features a funfair, boot fair in the morning, stalls and Children's Dressing Up in the afternoon and Floats in the evening, (though there has been much talk amongst Lydd residents about the appropriateness of the judges, as often in recent years the 1st prize winners have not necessarily been the entrant(s) residents would definitely perceive as deserving, causing concern about the judges not being significantly unbiased to judge their fellow residents). The evening ends with a firework display and the lit up funfair.
On the Friday evening before Lydd Club Day, there has been a long standing tradition of “Test Night” when the funfair opens, at reduced prices for the evening. In recent years, an event entitled 'Pirate Friday', has begun. Most Lydd residents have no real understanding of what this event is supposed to entail, other than Lydd’s pub frequenters dressing in pirate outfits! The event was created in 2006 by local residents Jason James, David Usher and Ian Parrot in the Royal Mail. The now annual event has proved so popular it has been adopted by every pub in Lydd. Since the evening parade in 2011, there has an entrant from residents that had participated in the Pirate Friday.
Notable people of Lydd
David Denne of the family of that name from Lydd was Deputy Lieutenant and Justice of the Peace for the County of Kent, and formerly Captain of the East Kent and Cinque Ports Yeomanry, and Bailiff of the town Corporation 23 times. He died in December 1861 aged 63.
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- Mediaeval Churches of Romney Marsh
- lydd.co.uk - A free email service for residents of Lydd and surrounding area
- Historical notes
- Drawings of Lydd church
- Leland Duncan article
- Extensive historical, geological and tourist information by Lydd resident
- Acoustic Folk Rock artist Ewan J Golder Myspace
- Rope Merchants working from Lydd