St Clements Church is located in the centre of Leigh on sea.
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A church building has been present on the site since about the 13th century, however this is no longer in existence. Currently the oldest part of the church is its ground design from the 15th century and a bowl of a piscina. The parish church was dedicated to St. Clement, who was martyred by being bound to a heavy anchor and thrown into the sea during the rule of Emperor Trajan; the church has a long tradition of association with the sea. A “Mayflower” set sail from here in June 1620 with the Pilgrim Fathers on board and the Memorial records the 6 fishing boats that went to Dunkirk in May 1940. The church now only consists of a graveyard, tower, nave and North isle, though technically the rectory (Leigh Library and gardens) used to be church property. The tower is open occasionally and, if you have the energy to climb it, gives wonderful views over the Estuary! Lovely peal;8 Bells, 10 cwt. Tenor. Directly outside the church porch is a tomb with the inscription - "Here lies the body of Mary Ellis, daughter of Thomas Ellis and Lydia his wife of the parish. She was a virgin of virtuous courage and very promising hope, and died the 3rd of June 1609, age 119. The sandstone top of the tomb has been worn down by village-folk sharpening their knifes on this soft stone. It should be said though, that many Leigh folk believe a more sinister story - that the knives being sharpened were those of the navy press gangs, awaiting to snatch men leaving church for a enforced career at sea?!
Church Steps nearby lead you down to Leigh Old Town with its beach, fishing boats and pubs- a plate of cockles is a must! You pass the old schoolhouse, now a private home and terraces of old fishermen's cottages.
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The cache is only accessible in daylight hours. Please check parking restrictions in nearby shopping streets and there are paying Car Parks in North Street and Elm Road.
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