TR1557 : Canterbury - St Martin's Church - Tower

taken 6 years ago, near to Canterbury, Kent, Great Britain

Canterbury - St Martin's Church - Tower
Canterbury - St Martin's Church - Tower
Parts of the ancient church of St Martin's in Canterbury date back to the C7th and it is built on the site of a Roman Christian church. The squat, crenellated tower seen here dates from the C14th when much of the church was remodelled.
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St Martin's Church, Canterbury
St Martin's in Canterbury can quite reasonably claim to be the oldest church in England. The pagan King ∆thelbert of Kent married the Christian Frankish princess Bertha (see TR1557 : Statue of Bertha, Queen of Kent) in c.580AD. He allowed her to continue worshipping according to her faith. With her own priest, Liudhard (later a bishop), she would leave the city walls of Canterbury (via the portal now known as Queningate) and walk the short distance to the building which stood here, a church dating from Roman times, when much of England had been Christian.
Any Roman parts of the current building have been much built over, but from 580AD until now a church has stood here and worship has continued. Its chancel dates from the C7th but was much altered in the C14th.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 12 September, 2012   (more nearby)
Saturday, 15 September, 2012
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Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites  Suburb, Urban fringe 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TR 1585 5775 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:16.6792N 1:5.6099E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TR 1583 5775
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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