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St Mary's Church, Dover

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The Church of St Mary the Virgin is a Grade II* listed Anglican church, a parish church in Dover, Kent, and is situated on Cannon Street in the town centre. There was a church on this site in Saxon times. It was largely rebuilt in the 19th century.Early historyThe church stands on the site of Roman baths; it is thought there was originally a Saxon church here. Three churches in Dover are mentioned in the Domesday Book, and it has been supposed that these are St Mary's, St James' and St Peter's. The oldest parts of the existing building are the tower and three bays of the arcades, which are Norman architecture of the early 12th century.From 1230 the church was controlled by Maison Dieu, which was built in Dover in 1203 to accommodate pilgrims from overseas visiting Canterbury Cathedral.The church was closed in 1537, at the Dissolution of the Monasteries, but opened in 1544 as a parish church, after a petition of the townspeople. From 1581 it was the official church of the Mayor and corporation instead of St Peter's Church (which stood on the northern side of the market square and was in disrepair; it was demolished soon afterwards).RebuildingIn 1843–1844, during the incumbency of Canon John Puckle, the church, except for the tower, was rebuilt in Early English style. The work was carried out by J. C. & C. Buckler. The church was enlarged and clerestory windows were added. The tower was restored in 1897.
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  • We stopped in to have a look around, and also spent some time in the church yard. It was all quite lovely. We were fortunate enough to find a local guide inside and they went through the architecture ...  more »
  • Lovely church in centre of Dover. It's not big, but it's not small either. You can just sit inside and enjoy the peace and quiet and you can adore the pretty architecture too.  more »
  • 400 year old church where wetherspoons restaurant across the road gets it name from, the 8 bells. Lovely architecture and worth stopping to view and read the history. Sadly it was closed due to the ra...  more »
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  • Strangely peaceful feeling when you enter this particular Church.
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