war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper


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the church

Ringwould is steeped in history. The church is over 850 years old, but even older are two yew trees standing in the grounds, at 1,000 years and 1,300 years old respectively. The church is visible from the sea, hence the onion dome on the turret, which is a navigational aid placed by the Cinque Ports Pilots. 

Ringwould has an unusual memorial. It is the church clock. The plaque, which is inside the church, reads:

A.M. + D. G.
This Clock was placed in the tower by the parishioners of Ringwould in memory of all who died in the Great War 1914-1918, and as an act of Thanksgiving for the merciful preservation of the Village
August 1920

plaque - this clock ...
stairs The works of the clock are approached by a flight of narrow and very steep wooden stairs. Here's Simon on his way up to take his photos.
clock mechanism, made by J Smith and Sons, Derby Clock Works, Midlands, England
the weights the shaft comes up from the mechanism to drive the hands of the clock. The back of the clock is visible

The clock is towards the top of the tower

There is also a roll of service, commemorating all those from the village who served in both wars. In the Great War, three died, out of the forty three who served.  Charles Morris was killed in action, and Frederick Deveson and Alfred John Hughes died in service.

In World War II twenty four men served, of whom two died. Frank Basil Kennett was killed in action in Libya at the age of 32, and Victor Daniel Matcham, aged 22, from the RAF, died as a POW in Japan.  Both are commemorated on gravestones in the churchyard. 

The Roll has not yet been transcribed - should you wish to check a name do contact us, quoting set 170/92

a note: we have been informed that Alfred John Hughes, listed on the memorial, is actually Arthur John Hughes, and that Walter West is actually Watty West

with thanks to Jean Winn for all her help
pictures Simon John Chambers, except picture of Simon, by Maggie S-K

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