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Burmarsh, a small 12th century village on Romney Marsh about 4 miles south west of Hythe, was of the earliest settlements on Romney Marsh. The name originates from marshland belonging to the burghers or citizens of Canterbury. Adjacent to the Royal Military Canal, Burmarsh has for centuries been involved with sherpherding and wool and smuggling.

The small 13th All Saints Church, reached by a footbridge over a stream, is mainly Norman, though the chancel may have been a Saxon chapel. The other landmark is the Shepherd and Crook, a 16th century inn next to the church. Its name may have a religious reference, or may simply refer to the sheep trade, the source of the Marsh's prosperity.

The pub, a free house, has two bars and an attractive beer garden. Its landlord, a former wartime aircrew officer, has decorated the interior with RAF memorabilia,. There is wide-ranging collection of items, such as signed photographs of politicians and royalty, as well as a pair of Queen Victoria's stockings.

As in many small villages, the pub plays a pivotal role in the local community, and is home to the Burmarsh Cricket Club, which meets regularly.

Visitors can also enjoy Lathe Barn, which offers tearooms and restaurant, children's Farm and gift and craft shops, and Haguelands Village, with fun for the whole family, including Kentís largest Maize Maze.

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