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Lydd

The ancient town of Lydd is the most southerly of villages in Kent and lies on Denge Marsh between the shingle peninsula of Dungeness and the fertile fields of Walland Marsh. Lydd gave its name to Lyddite a form of explosive widely used during the Boer War and the First World War and was first tested at the military camp in Lydd in 1888. The town, years ago was at one time, a garrison town and the area is still used as military firing range from the armed forces today. Lydd, is mentioned in Charles II’s Charter of 1668 as a corporate member of the Cinque Ports Confederation has a conservation area within which 15 New Street is situated. New Street, despite its name, is one of the oldest roads in Lydd and was originally known as New Bigging. Located in the centre of the town, Coronation Square, overlooked by All Saints Church, housed stables when it was known as Wheeler’s Green. A half-timbered house on the edge of the square is still know by this name. The name of the square was changed to Coronation in 1901 to commemorate the coronation of Edward VII. Of all the marsh churches, Lydd boasts the ‘Cathedral of the Marsh All Saints is one of the longest parish churches in Kent and its tower one of the tallestLydd provides a   primary school, https://www.lyddprimary.co.uk/doctor and dentist surgeries, museum, several supermarkets, hardware store, several garage repairs, petrol station, butchers, newsagents. The buildings in Lydd are a mixture of handsome Georgian houses and new builds forming small, neat estates. Lydd airport is nearby offering flights to France as well as private hire.
Seemingly remote, Lydd is only 30 mins to Ashford, 35 mins to Folkestone, 15 mins to Rye and 35 mins to Hastings. 3 miles to the east is the town of New Romney with a Sainsburys supermarket and further shops. Schools in the area include The Marsh Academy in New Romney together with the Folkestone School for Girls, The Harvey Grammar School for boys, https://www.harveygs.kent.sch.uk and Norton Knatchbull Grammar School for  https://www.nks.kent.sch.uk and Highworth Grammar School for girls both in Ashford,  https://www.highworth.kent.sch.uk 17 miles to the north. Ashford International Station offers commuting services to London via a high-speed service to St Pancras and Stratford in 37 minutes. The Channel Tunnel Terminal near Folkestone is 17 miles and the Ancient Town of Rye, famed for its historical associations and cobbled ways is about 10 miles to the west.

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