Introduction

Patron:- Most Revd & Rt Hon Justin Welby (Archbishop of Canterbury)

A letter to The Times in 1981 signed by Lord Runcie, then Archbishop of Canterbury, Richard Ingrams and artist John Piper first drew national attention to the problem of maintaining the unique group of medieval churches on Romney Marsh. It prompted an immediate response and the Trust was inaugurated at Leeds Castle on 15 May 1982.

The purpose of the Trust is the preservation and maintenance of the fabric and curtilage of fourteen medieval churches, with an additional interest expressed in the remains of four ruined churches (listed to the left). The churches all lie south and east of the Royal Military Canal, one being in Sussex (Chichester Diocese) the remainder in Kent (Canterbury Diocese).

We support the Parochial Church Councils in their work with most monies being disbursed for such necessary items as roofs, gutters, drains etc. Our prime purpose is helping to keep the buildings weathertight, though the charitable objects of the Trust do allow the making of grants for other purposes. Since its foundation and up to the end of 2013, the Trust has awarded grants totalling over £900,000 and  has net assets of £750,000.

The Trust is entirely dependent on income from subscriptions, donations, legacies and sales of publications.

Fairfield-Church

The Trust’s logo is from a linocut of the church of St.Thomas Becket, Fairfield. The late Michael Renton executed this fine image and, with great kindness, donated it to the Trust.