The ‘capital’ of Romney Marsh
It’s hard to imagine today, but New Romney was once a large port at the heart of England’s trade with Europe. A massive storm in 1287 more or less overnight left the town landlocked a mile inland. The flood deposited so much silt that the land level in the town rose by 5 inches. If you visit the parish church, which is the only building in the town pre-dating the flood, you will find that its floor is several inches below street level.
These days New Romney is a bustling, busy little town with lots of independent traders and places to shop and eat.