- a pleasant, industrious place by day, but the centre of
illicit activities in the haunted Romney Marsh
Dymchurch is the fictional home of the Scarecrow and his band of smugglers;
but Dymchurch is real,
and really does have a history of smuggling.
Wake Up (Again) Dymchurch!
Tonight (8/10) BBC2 repeated the Dad's Army episode 'Wake Up, Walmington'.
Dymchurch notched up no less than three references:
- Dymchurch Home Guard Platoon is mentioned not-quite-in-dispatches. And not favourably. (But it is a comedy.)
- Dymchurch Police phone through a report of suspicious characters. (Without being seen or heard.)
- The Six Bells pub is located 'about six miles away, off the Dymchurch Road'. (The A259?)
Walmington-on-Sea is located 'about twenty miles from Dover' and is obviously coastal. That puts it between Whitstable
and Rye. Not very precise, but near enough to Dymchurch.
The Great Folkestone Banksy Robbery?
Two men (one Kent, one Surrey) were held on suspicion of stealing a Banksy artwork from a
Although the picture is thought to be a local artist's copy.
Smugglers in The New Forest.
Wed. 15th June
The BBC featured the re-introduction of pack ponies to the New Forest, at Fordingbridge, in tonight's
Billed 'as used by smugglers', but obviously as used by everyone back in the day.
Not quite as relevant as the episode that featured Dymchurch.
Dymchurch in the News
Monday May 30th
Dymchurch featured in the recovery of a boat used by migrants.
The full story was in the Daily Mirror, amongst others.
Except their printed version read “Dymchurch, Essex” . . .
Should've read my FAQ!
Tuesday May 31st
The story continued with local interviews, and the right county:
The full story is here, sans interviews.