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“Old Church”

St. Martin's Church
Ranked #6 of 109 things to do in Canterbury
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Reviewed 30 May 2018

Small, very old church from 1400. There was a small brochure so you could walk around and see what things are. And also someone in the church happy to fill you in.

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Reviewed 23 May 2018

This is a small church not far from St Augustine’s Abbey and the main tourist area. It is from the 4th century and in great shape still. It is a lovely church with an interesting cemetery surrounding it. It is easy to find and worth taking time to visit if you like old churches and this one is the oldest!

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Reviewed 12 April 2018

St Martin's hill, the site of the church, has several natural springs, and was the origin of the medieval water supply to the monks at Canterbury Cathedral. It is possible that a Roman (or Romano-Celtic) temple to a water god or godess was here, forming the foundation of Queen Bertha's chapel. Nobody really knows! But there is a depth of spirituality that can be sensed in this little church that seems to stretch way back....

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Reviewed 1 April 2018

I was disappointed to find the church locked when I arrived but very soon a team of ladies arrived to do the Easter flowers and they allowed me to look around with a guide sheet. Fascinating to see how the building had been developed over the centuries, from Saxon times(using Roman bricks) onwards.
Rather saddened to see that part of the grave yard had been taken over by drug users and there was their litter of syringes and graffiti in what should have been a peaceful place. ( I mentioned this to the flower ladies and they said they have to clear this up every day. Nothing can be done sadly....)

Thank Jill F
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

One of three churches in Canterbury inscribed by UNESCO, this is also the oldest of the three. Founded in 496 AD, this church predated both Canterbury Cathedral and St. Augustine Abbey. It's both the oldest church in England and the oldest church in continuous use.

The church is almost like a fine miniature example of Gothic Perpendicular style and much of the architectural features of the interior remain sympathetic to the original design. The stained glass windows pay testimony to Queen Bertha of Kent, who founded the church and who converted her pagan husband Æthelberht of Kent to christianity.

Absolutely beautifully little church to visit. The church do not charge an entrance fee, so do donate for the upkeep of the church.

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