St Eanswith is one of the smallest churches on Romney Marsh. It is dedicated to a 7th century princess who founded a nunnery at Folkstone in 630. It is therefore possible that the church has its origins in the 7th century, although nothing remains of a Saxon building, the present church having been commenced in the late twelfth century. A grand tomb to John Fagge and his son dominates the Lady Chapel and was the inspiration for E. Nesbit’s ghost story, Man-Size in Marble.
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