in Romney Marsh was once the headquarters for law and order for the area.
The governors of the Marsh resided here and were known as 'The Lords of
the Levels', administering swift justice to anyone who endangered the well-being
of the Marsh. It was also from here, at the Ship Hotel, that the author
Russell Thorndike penned many of his infamous stories about 'Dr Syn', a
marauding smuggler by night and vicar by day.
Much of Thorndike's inspiration
was borne from the local smuggling and law breaking that took place on the
Marsh. Today, the Marsh area carries more of an air of tranquillity, the
isolation has been of great benefit to the beaches and some of the cleanest
in the UK are to be found here. So, whether you prefer sand or shingle,
all you need to do is relax and soak up the panoramic views in an atmosphere
of calm. If sand is what you are looking for then the five-mile stretch
at Dymchurch is sure to please.