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The Brett Lydd Half Marathon and 20 Mile 2017

About Lydd

Lydd a little bit about the town

Lydd is located on the Romney Marsh, in Kent, and there is evidence of inhabitation of the area for almost 4000 years. It is one of the largest towns on the Marsh and the most southerly in Kent.

All Saints Church in Lydd sometimes known as the Cathedral of the Marsh - is the largest church in Kent and is also one of the oldest churches in the county. Recent studies have dated parts to the 5th Century.

In the Saxon and Norman periods Lydd was a thriving town and one of the Cinque Ports. It was also a notorious hive of smuggling activity with the George Public House regularly being used as a base for smugglers.

Lydd is the birthplace of Lyddite, an explosive used to fire shells during the South African and Great Wars. It was first tested at the military camp in Lydd in 1888.

In the graveyard can be found the memorial stones for some of the town's more notable past residents, including Thomas Edgar, Master of the HMS Discovery, the ship on which Biologist Captain Cook sailed on his last exploration during which he was killed by cannibals in 1779.

One of the more interesting stories of Lydd is that of a connection to Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, with speculation that Lydd was the final home to Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna who, it is speculated, survived the assassinations by Bolsheviks in 1918.

Lydd where to stay, eat and drink

For information on where to stay in and around Lydd, please visit the local tourist information website.

Lydd has a number of pubs and cafes and there are numerous good places to eat and drink in and around the town.

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