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Minster - in - Thanet, AD 670 - Kent.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member MeerRescue
N 51° 19.858 E 001° 18.972
31U E 382694 N 5687976
Quick Description: The village sign of Minster -in - Thanet, Kent.
Location: South East England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/16/2012 3:19:38 AM
Waymark Code: WMF3CB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree
Views: 1

Long Description:

This is one of a pair of Village signs in Minster in Thanet. This one is located in Station Road outside St Mary the Virgin church, the other in Tothill Street.

The sign depicts a white hind. Ermenburga, a great granddaughter of King Ethelbert of Kent, came to Thanet in AD 670 from the Kingdom of Mercia where her husband was ruler, following the murder of her brother's after a dispute with King Egbert of Kent. Rather than claim the customary blood money or 'wergild' for the murder of her brother's, Ermenburga asked the repentant King Egbert of Kent for land on which she could build a house of prayer. The King readily agreed. According to ancient legend, Ermenburga sent her tame hind (deer) on a free course, and the path which the animal took determined the boundaries of the monastic land, and the white hind has become the symbol of Minster.

Location: Outside St Mary the Virgin Church

Plaque: no

Construction Material: Painted Wood

Web Address: [Web Link]

Sign Date: Not listed

Occasion Commemorated: Not listed

Artist: Not listed

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