Lyminge is a thriving community of 3 villages (Lyminge, Rhodes Minnis and Etchinghill) and lies within the Elham Valley, about five miles north of Folkestone 12 miles south of Canterbury and 14 miles from Dover.
The Nailbourne stream rises in Lyminge and flows north through the Valley, to become one of the tributary streams of the Great Stour. There is an extensive network of footpaths around the village which are clearly waymarked. You can also roam through Lyminge Forest, an area of 440 acres of mixed woodland on Forestry Commission land which is one of the few remaining refuges for an unusually rich diversity of wildlife.
Lyminge in times gone by
Our history is celebrated in the two village signs in Lyminge found at each end of the village on Station and Canterbury Roads. The design shows Queen Ethelburga, daughter of Ethelbert, King of Kent, and behind her is a steam engine emerging from the Parish Church.
The Parish Church (St Mary and St Ethelburga), is the oldest building in the village. It has stood since 633AD and is still very active in the community. It has a rich and varied history which can be read on their website: www.lymingechurch.co.uk
The Pilgrims Way, originally the trade route from Dover to Stonehenge, is now recognised as travelling from Winchester to Canterbury Cathedral with an extended spur from north of Wye through Folkestone to Dover. The trackway passes the magnificent viewpoint of Farthing Common through the Postling Downs and south of Etchinghill’s Tolsford and Summerhouse Hills.
The Elham Valley Railway ran from Canterbury to Folkestone through the village from 1887 until eventually closing in 1947. The station building remains in use as the Library.
In 1953 a discovery by workmen led to the discovery of a 6th century Jutish cemetery that contained 44 graves which contained a lot of high status jewellery, weapons such as spear-heads, swords and shield bosses and some rare glass claw beakers of exceptional quality and condition.
I have placed this cache dedicated to my parents who now live in this village and thought it would be a good placement of my first village sign for them.
To Find the Cache
On the village sign you are looking for the surname which will give you ABCDE which you will need to turn into numbers by location from the alpherbet eg a=1 b=2 etc etc.
Good Luck and happy hunting!
If anybody would like to expand this series please do. I would just ask that you let Smokeypugs know first so they can keep track of the Village Sign numbers and names to avoid duplication.