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Upchurch is a village and civil parish in the Sittingbourne district of Kent, England. It is situated just off the A2 road, between Rainham and Sittingbourne.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 in 1950. 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 Anglican parish church of St Mary's originally was linked to the Abbey of Lisle Dieu, in Normandy and was founded by Reginald de Paveley in 1187. It is a Grade I listed building Under the 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 also falls within the Grade I status listing. 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.
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