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St Peter's Church

Market Street, Sandwich CT13 9DA, England
+44 1304 621554
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Beautiful church

We just happened upon this beautiful church!! Loved walking around and feeling the history. A must... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2017
X4304RWmandys
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Waterford, Connecticut
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Historic Church

An historic church, unused but a treasure to locals and visitors alike. Check out the climb up the... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2017
JSB1958
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London, United Kingdom
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This old Cinque Port church (Cinque Ports were the five harbour towns on the south coast which in Medieval times provided the king with ships and men in exchange for trading and other privileges) is a local landmark. Much of today's building dates from 800 years ago, though it has been altered many times. The handsome tower with its distinctive onion dome top is a 17th-century addition - built by Flemish protestant refugees, in the style of their homeland churches. The dome would have been in place when American Founding Father Thomas Paine was married at St Peter's in 1759. There was once a Norman church on the site and traces of masonry from this building can still be seen at the west end.
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  • Very good40%
  • Average16%
  • Poor1%
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Market Street, Sandwich CT13 9DA, England
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Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

We just happened upon this beautiful church!! Loved walking around and feeling the history. A must see

Thank X4304RWmandys
Reviewed 11 October 2017

An historic church, unused but a treasure to locals and visitors alike. Check out the climb up the tower and the views.

Thank JSB1958
Reviewed 10 October 2017

There's something always rather sad about a church which is no longer 'in service', so to speak. But you can't blame us godless modern day non-believers this time. This handsome church was decommissioned in the 1940s as a result of the merger of two adjoining...More

Thank VivaVauxhall
Reviewed 13 September 2017

An old church with lots of interesting snippets of history and the most amazing views from the top of the bell tower. Well worth the effort of the climb up the staircase.

Thank anne h
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

I love history and this church is full off it. I can't understand the reason for poor reviews. If you understand the history this church is full of it. It doesn't have all the sign posts to tell you what's, what, maybe due to the...More

Thank Tom S
Reviewed 28 August 2017

We stumbled on this old church in the middle of preserved Sandwich just as the caretaker was about to open the doors. Beautiful interior with such a rich history but we longed for more information. An audio-tour would be ideal but at the very least...More

Thank Tom M
Reviewed 23 August 2017

Lovely old church, offering the possibility of imagining church life in the 13th century - without all the clutter of modern church furniture. Good to be greeted on arrival - if you want to know more, just ask these helpful people! Definitely go up the...More

Thank ButterflyKeeper007
Reviewed 20 August 2017

The church is marked as a landmark to visit in the town. This gave us a weird feeling when we entered as it looks like aballroom or theater. A part from search for evidence of the old purpose of the building there was not much...More

Thank Marc S
Reviewed 16 August 2017

We have just spent a wonderful morning at St Peters Church, the two meet and greet ladies are very good, the little garden `out back` is beautiful, and we did the tower, very steep steps and a lot of them, but we are in our...More

Thank Janet F
Reviewed 31 July 2017

Obviously a lot of history to this old church but not really in use for services these days. They are fund raising on a small scale with donated books & odd items. You can walk up the tower to enjoy the views or wander in...More

Thank hildenley
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