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The History of Kent
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History of Lympne
Lympne (pronounced Lim) comes from the Celtic word ‘lemo’ meaning an ‘Elm-
Lympne parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to St Stephen and built by the Normans in the late 11th century. From simple beginnings, it grew over the next 300 years with north and south aisles, tower, north chapel and porch. In 1552, there is a record of four bells in the tower. In 1580, an unknown founder recast the four bells together with two acquired from elsewhere, into a ring of five. In 1799, Edward Hasted described St Stephen’s church as a ‘fine antient building, of two isles and a high chancel, having a square tower, which stands in the middle of the south isle, and separates it from the chancel. There are five bells in it’. The architect James Piers St. Aubyn restored the church in 1880. Further extensive restoration took place in the 20th century. In 1951, Mears and Stainbank added a treble to make six bells.
Lympne castle is a Grade: I listed building, built as a fortified house in the 13th
century. Additions in the 14th century included stair turret and service room to
the south, a hall to the west of the tower, with a north-
Lympne airfield operated from 1916 to 1984, during that time it saw military service in both World Wars, commercial operations with Skyways and finished its days as a general aviation airfield. Following its closure in 1984, the Lympne airfield site converted into an industrial estate.