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The Parish Church of St Peter-in-Thanet by Chris Lord

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The Parish Church of St Peter-in-Thanet, Broadstairs, Kent, UK

Canon 5D MKII, three exposure HDR handheld and processed in Nik’s HDR pro. Tweaked in Photoshop.

10/14/2011 FEATURED in the redbubble group ARCHITECTURE – THE BRITISH ISLES

The church was recorded as being on the site since 1128. It has an Early English Chancel and the Sanctuary has a double Aumbrey. The pointed arched roof dates from the 13th Century. The battlemented tower and south porch are in the Perpendicular architectural style from the 15th Century. The tower is a prominent feature and the large crack on the west side is reputed to have been caused by an earthquake. It was used as a Naval signalling station in Napoleon times and still claims the right to fly the White Ensign.
Extensive restoration work was carried out between 1860 and 1900. Recently the organ has been restored and the bells have been re-hung in a strengthened frame. The first church hall built in 1972 was opened by Ted Heath. He was born in St Peters and sang in the choir.
There is an enthusiastic bell-ringing team based at the church which ring for services and for ceremonial occasions and weddings. The bell tower contains 8 bells. The bell ringing group forms part of a local bell-ringing team which visits other churches in the Diocese.

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  • Dave Godden
    Dave Goddenabout 3 years ago

    Really brought out the Victorian decoration in there Chris. Faved

  • And I think I got the name right on this as well! :-) Hi Dave, thanks very much especially for that fave, greatly appreciated. Cheers.

    – Chris Lord

  • Evelina Kremsdorf
    Evelina Kremsdorfabout 3 years ago

    Holy-molly Chris!!! wowza!

  • This one is from my last vacation in England, not the one I just had. I finally got around to it. If I never lifted the camera again, I’ve got so much stuff to keep me busy for years. I need an uploading assistant to size, upload, tag, title etc all of them to all the different sites I use so I can just play in PS! Hi Lina, glad you liked it. This was one very pretty church. Thanks very much indeed for that wowza!! :-)

    – Chris Lord

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandabout 3 years ago

    Awesome history and capture!!

  • This church was a fun place to visit John, they raise funds by giving tours through the village and on every corner there are folks dressed up in period costumes to tell you all about what happened in that location. They did a really good job and it was great fun. Thanks for the visit and nice comment, cheers.

    – Chris Lord

  • Dave Godden
    Dave Goddenabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature 14/10/11

  • Great news Dave, thanks so much. This is an exciting honor and I’m very grateful. Cheers.

    – Chris Lord

  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...about 3 years ago

    Bloody Hell , got Married in this Church !!!

  • Wow! I do get around eh! It sure is a small world. Hope the memories are good ones! Cheers.

    – Chris Lord

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