|Church Lane, West Stourmouth|
Postal Code: CT3
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
West Stourmouth, now long separated from the sea by the silting-up of the river Stour, is a small hamlet along a narrow country lane. All Saints is almost hidden among trees, a small building dating originally from Saxon times; the unstable ground has caused slippages over the centuries, and the west end of the church is supported by buttresses. On the north side the walls, built of a huge variety of materials, lean outwards, and the roof of the north aisle has been lowered to reduce the load. Inside, the Victorian tiled floor has some interesting ledger stones, and a memorial brass dated 1474. The churchyard, which leads past fine yews to the open countryside, is full of memorials, including two striking family 'sets', placed in ranks to the south of the church itself. The church is in the care of The Churches Conservation Trust.
(Text by Sheilia W.)