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St Mary (Old church), Walmer, Kent

(51°19′10″N, 1°14′10″E)
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Kent
now Kent
  • Toby Huitson
  • Mary Berg
22 October 2012

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Walmer is a coastal town 6 miles SE of Sandwich and just over 7 miles NE of Dover. The church of St Mary has a twin-cell form with a tall nave and chancel, and a later porch. A N aisle was added in the 17thc and demolished in 1898, returning the building - the 'unsightly object' seen by Glynne in the mid-19thc - back to its original size. A new church dedicated to St Mary was built nearby in the late 19thc, after which the original church became known a 'Old St Mary's' or St Mary the Blessed Virgin. Features of interest include the chancel arch and the S doorway.


There is no mention of Walmer in the Domesday Survey. The church is believed to have been built around 1120 by the d'Auberville family as a chapel to their manor house. During the reign of King Richard I, William d'Auberville granted the church to the abbey of Langdon, founded by William himself in 1192.


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

S. Glynne,The Churches of Kent, London 1877, 117-8.

N. Pevsner, J. Newman, The Buildings of England: North East and East Kent, London 1969, 488.