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Things to do: sightseeing, golf
Upchurch villiage is a civil parish in the Swale district of Kent, England. It is situated just off the A2, between Rainham and Sittingbourne, east of the boundary of the unitary authority of Medway.HistoryUpchurch lay on a pre-Roman trackway; the many linking roads are the result of Roman occupation, which had built a community of ex-soldiers who wanted to settle in England. A Roman cemetery has been discovered here. There were also several Roman pottery works sited here. It is probable that, although today the land is low-lying and marshy, it was once higher than it is today.The Upchurch Hoard is a hoard of well worn coins which date from the first and second century A.D. which were found close to Upchurch. A more recent pottery was established here in 1909 called the Upchurch Pottery. Although it is now closed it became well known and could be found retailing through such outlets as Liberty & Co..The village has a connection with Sir Francis Drake whose father became its vicar in 1560 after having been prayer-reader to the Medway fleet.Under the grade I listed 14th century church is a small crypt (a charnel house) where bones were kept when the churchyard was full. It was discovered in 1877 and the bones re-interred. The church is also notable for its very unusual 'candle-snuffer' steeple where an octagonal pyramid appears to have been stacked on top of a square one resembling a couple of inverted ice-cream cones. It is believed that the distinctive shape was chosen to serve as a navigational aid for shipping on The River Thames. The wall surrounding the church was found in 2014 also to be listed within the church grade one status.
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