TR1557 : Tower of St Martin's

taken 21 years ago, near to Canterbury, Kent, Great Britain

Tower of St Martin's
Tower of St Martin's
The approach to the tower of St Martin's church, Canterbury - another view of TR1557 : St.Martin's Church.
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
September 1998   (more nearby)
Sunday, 17 August, 2008
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TR 158 577 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:16.6843N 1:5.6188E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TR 158 577
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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