May 18 – Isle of Thanet

Six Church Micros including a visit to Reculver and Regulbium

Hello from 1066 – Medieval Mosaic

The Isle of Thanet is a lovely place and very interesting. In the past, it was an island separated from the mainland by the 600-metre Wantsum Channel. Now it is no longer an island.

First, we went to St Mildred’s at Preston and Elmstone church but neither church was open and we couldn’t find the caches either. Then onto All Saints at West Stourmouth which dates from Saxon times. Our first cache of the day despite needing a sustained look plus the church was open. It had a George III coat of arms, a good monumental brass, a painted organ and a lovely old stained glass window.

We had a bit of a problem finding Monkton as we arrived from a different angle and only later saw the easy entry to the village. Unfortunately, the church was closed which was a pity as it looks like a good one.

Next was St Nicholas at Wade and the church was open which was great. In fact, there had been a funeral earlier in the day and the funeral director brought all the flowers back to the church while we were there. There were several hidden brasses and some good funeral hatchments. On leaving the church there was a couple eating lunch at the very spot I needed to get the dates from. I cheekily asked them to tell me the dates which they happily furnished. It was just a short drive away to the final.On our way, we saw a thatched roof on a house with a cat chasing a mouse in straw on the roof.

Next, we visited Reculver where there is a ruin of a church built beside Roman fort remains. We did an earth cache here on the subject of erosion. The church ruin stands on a cliff edge and there used to be a village on the sea side. Because of the soil makeup in this particular spot, it has suffered from dramatic erosion and over the centuries various things have been done to stem the erosion including cementing and now the use of rip rap which are huge boulders of rock which have been cut square and brought in to make a sea wall. The rip rap is usually granite or limestone and is used to armour shorelines, streambeds, bridges, abutments, pilings and other shoreline structures against scour, water and ice erosion.

We then went to the Reculver church which is no longer used for regular services and is under the church conservation trust’s care. The most amazing thing was the huge visitor’s book which starts on 1st January 1960. The day finished at St Nicholas church at Sholden.

On our way home we detoured to Worth and took a walk around the village collecting various numbers for a multi which then gave us the coordinates for the church micro for St Peter and St Pauls, Worth. So we got two geocaches for the price of one. The day finished at St Nicholas church at Sholden.