St Mary The Virgin Church

Jamie  Green

Backbarrow, Nr Ulverston, United Kingdom

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The Anglican church in the village of Minster-in-Thanet,Kent.Minster is on the Isle of Thanet
Sony Alpha 350 DSLR 18-70 lens,single RAW tonemapped in Photomatix
Taken on 2nd April 2013.
(This was the church where my father’s funeral service was held the following day.)
St. Mary’s Church, known as the ‘Cathedral on the marshes’ is the mother church of western Thanet. Founded in 670AD it was originally both a monastic and a parish church. The first Church was probably built of mud and wood. Close by is the place where St.Augustine landed in 597 to bring Christianity back to this part of Britain.
The oldest part of the present building was built just after the Norman conquest with work continuing for about 100 years. The Chancel is Early English in style. The nave has stood in its present form since about 1150.
The Church has a set of 18 medieval monks, stalls (Misericords) which is one of the finest in the south of England.
At the west end of the Church Roman bricks have been used in the wall and tower, which may have come from the nearby villa. An older turret tower of unknown date is incorporated into the massive Norman tower carries a peal of 5 ancient bells, four of which are dated from the early 17th Century.
In bygone days the sea would have come up to the Churchyard wall which acted as a barrier during high tides. The turret may have served as a watch tower for shipping.

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