The ruins of St Mary's Church in Eastwell, near Ashford, showcase the 15th Century tower and the 19th Century SW Chapel. In the mid-20th Century, the roof and nave collapsed. The church was stripped, the contents dispersed, and the medieval masonry left to nature. It has been designated a scheduled ancient monument with The Friends of the Friendless Churches taking over its care in 1980. There is no internal access to the ruins, but they are impressive from the outside, next to a lake. Much mystery remains around this place. In the churchyard, there is a Victorian tomb, which is reputed to be the grave of Richard Plantagenet, an illegitimate son of Richard III. The church registers record his death, Rychard Plantagenet was buryed on the 22. daye of December 1550.

Picture Credit: © Friends of Friendless Churches.

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