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"Misty Marsh" by Terry Anthony ©
Greetings from the Land of Syn
"Early Marsh" by Terry Anthony ©

THE ROMNEY MARSH, situated in the South East corner of England, is a unique and mysterious location, steeped in tradition and legend. Reclaimed from the English Channel since the time of the Romans and due to it's close proximity to mainland Europe; the area has, over the centuries, been in the front line of the invasion hordes of Vikings, Saxons and Normans; as well as in more recent times facing the sinister invasion threats of both Napoleon and then Hitler. The range of Martello towers and defensive bastions along it's curved coastline reflect this unenviable legacy. The area, now a peaceful haven, lies somewhat precariously below sea - level; the awesome force of the great tides only kept at bay by the giant wall which has withstood the onslaught of centuries of ferocious channel storms. The Marsh is famous for it's churches, so rich in charm, beauty, history & architecture.

St.Mary in the Marsh by Terry Anthony

There are also many strange tales surrounding these ancient buildings & their sites.The moods of the marsh are many, and when the hot sun sits high above the great scarp of Lympne Hill, smiling it's rays upon the quilt of greenest England, beaming it's reflection upon the summer sea and the ribbons of reeded dykes, there are few places in the world of such serene beauty and tranquillity. On another day, the sea mist that rises incredibly fast, shrouds the land in a blanket of enveloping mist so dense, you cannot see further than a foot in front of you. On these days, you can almost touch the eerie silence. Winter winds can be frighteningly severe, with savage storms and blizzards that blow massive sheets of snow horizontally across the land.

"Winter Marsh" by Terry Anthony ©

When night falls, the blackness and the isolated cry of the Curlew beckon in a most ominous and spooky feeling, and it is easy to understand why so many tales abound of ghosts and ghouls and the supernatural. It was against this background that the author Russell Thorndike created his famous Dr. Syn novels. Set in the latter part of the 18th Century when the old smuggling gangs were prevalent in the area, the books tell the story of Christopher Syn - a legend of his time; a man of myth & majestic romance, daring and cunning. By day, the pious and extraordinary vicar of the parish of Dymchurch under-the Wall and by night the infamous "Scarecrow"; leader of the notorious smuggling gang, "The Night Riders"; whilst concealing the deadly secret of his third persona of Captain Clegg, who was in his day, the most ruthless and blood-thirsty pirate terror of the high seas.

"The Phantom's Revenge" by Terry Anthony ©

Benevolent hero and ruthless villain, this legendary character has flamed the imaginations of many generations of artists, including the brilliant Romney Marsh born Singer/Songwriter/Poets - Jayl & Jimmie Bone, brothers & descendents of Syn. Also their friend and colleague, the artistic maestro - Terry Anthony. His "Marsh Phantom" series & his collection of Romney Marsh paintings, including beautiful depictions of the historic churches, capture graphically the contrasting moods of the area; from it's darkest and most malevolent to it's brightest and most sublime. These spectacular oil paintings; alive with colour, contrast & detail, reflect at a deep level the spirit and soul of the marsh; if not mystery itself. Jayl - Man 'O' the Marsh ©

"Moonlight on the Marsh" by Terry Anthony ©

All Paintings by Terry Anthony ©


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