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St Mary, Fordwich, Kent

(51°17′43″N, 1°7′37″E)
TR 181 598
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Kent
now Kent
medieval St Mary
now St Mary
  • Toby Huitson
  • Mary Berg
27 June 2011

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Fordwich is a town on the Great Stour River about 2.5 miles NE of Canterbury. The parish church of St Mary has Romanesque origins with a W tower, a nave and a chancel with a N aisle and an E chapel. The building features extensive samples medieval stained glass. It became redundant in the 1970s and is now owned by the Churches Conservation Trust. Romanesque sculpture include a tombstone and a font.


Domesday Book records that 'Forewic' was one of the lands of the Abbey of St Augustine, Canterbury.




Loose Sculpture


Although the hogback tombstone is unlikely to have been St Augustine’s tomb, it could feasibly have originated from the Abbey of St Augustine, Canterbury, after the Dissolution.


M. Berg, Norman Churches in the Canterbury Diocese, Dorchester 2009, 27, 50-1, 138-42, 165-6.

R. Derham, 'The Fordwich Stone and its Legend', Journal of the British Archaeological Association, 24 (1918), 111-28.

S. Glynne, The Churches of Kent, London 1887, 27.