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St Thomas R C Church, Canterbury

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St Thomas of Canterbury Church is a Roman Catholic Parish church in Canterbury, Kent, England. It was built from 1874 to 1875 in the Gothic Revival style. It is situated on the corner of Burgate and Canterbury Lane, west of Lower Bridge Street, opposite the grounds of Canterbury Cathedral in the centre of the city. It is the only Roman Catholic church in Canterbury, built on the site of a medieval chapel and contains relics of Thomas Becket.HistoryOriginAfter the English Reformation, the Catholic community in Canterbury survived through the Hales baronets. Sir Thomas Hales, 2nd Baronet helped Catholics after the 1688 Revolution. They had Masses said for them at their chapel in Hales Place. Masses were said at the chapel until 1923. It was then sold by the Jesuits in 1928.FoundationIn 1859, a mission was started in the city. It was founded when a Mary Ann Wood gave 59 Burgate Street, the current presbytery, for the use of a Catholic priest. The land around the house was later purchased for the construction of a church and school. The land included a medieval chapel dedicated to St Mary Magdalene. In 1871, the chapel was demolished, but its tower remains standing.
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  • We attended mass on Saturday evening, and were pleasantly surprised at how many were in attendance. The church is simple architecture, at least compared to Canterbury Cathedral only three blocks away....  more »
  • This Roman Catholic church designed in the High Gothic style and built in the Victorian era, contains relics of the famous St. Thomas a Becket, martyred in the 12th century in the nearby Canterbury Ca...  more »
  • Interesting architecture, nice to wander. Not too far from the Center. Quiet and friendly area.
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  • Nice quaint church but they have added a lot of modern seating in an extension to the left of the altar. I think it would have been nicer left alone.
  • Tranquil oasis in the centre of Canterbury
  • Beautiful Church.
  • The parish of St. Thomas is the most important Catholic Church in Canterbury. The ruins of St. Mary Magdalen is located right next to it. With the exception of the here of to see Bell-Tower, the Church was in 1871 of the hl. Maria Magdalena demolished from the 12th century.
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  • Source of rest and reflection
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