TQ5774 : Stone: Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin

taken 9 years ago, near to Greenhithe, Kent, Great Britain

Stone: Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin
Stone: Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin
The church dates from the 13th century and is variously also known as 'Little Westminster' and the 'Lantern of Kent'. It acquired the latter name by virtue of its position on the top of a hill overlooking the River Thames, and consequentially by it being considered as a sign of safe haven by sailors returning home. On the church notice board it describes itself as Kent's most beautiful church, and on its very comprehensive website here LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) as being considered as one of the finest in Kent. However the website does say that it has a rather uninspiring exterior, and I have to say that the use of brickwork at the top of the buttresses gives an untidy appearance. The visage is not currently helped by the boarded up and sheeted restoration works being undertaken to the windows, while a prominent clock on a building telling the wrong time is always a disappointment. As ever the Church will be doing its best with the limited funds available.
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TQ5774, 132 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 2 March, 2008   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 9 March, 2008
Category
Church   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 576 748 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:27.0154N 0:16.0010E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 576 748
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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