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Offline Andy Norris

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St. Mary the Virgin, Reculver (old church)
« on: February 07, 2012, 17:19:01 pm »
Thought you might like some shots of the original church at Reculver.

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Re: St. Mary the Virgin, Reculver (old church)
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2012, 17:25:45 pm »
At last, I've got an excuse to post this one  :D
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Re: St. Mary the Virgin, Reculver (old church)
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2012, 19:18:15 pm »
Two pictures of the church and the old coastguard cottages in 1948.
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Re: St. Mary the Virgin, Reculver (old church)
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2012, 10:15:03 am »
Early 1900's..
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Re: St. Mary the Virgin, Reculver (old church)
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2012, 08:26:00 am »
A few pics from my visit yesterday:

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Re: St. Mary the Virgin, Reculver (old church)
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2012, 09:33:18 am »
The Church of St. Mary the Virgin at Reculver was built within the boundaries of the old Roman fort:

The land there was granted by Egbert, King of Kent, in AD 669 for the foundation of a monastery and the church. The church originally consited of a simple nave and semi-circular chancel divided from each other by a screen of three arches formed from two stone columns and re-used Roman tiles. (These columns were thought lost when the church was demolished but were found in an orchard in the late 19th century  and can now be seen in the crypt of Canterbury Cathedral together with fragments of the 'Reculver Cross' which once stood at the end of the nave.)

The Saxon church was extended in the 8th century and by then owned land as far away as Herne and St. Nicholas-at-Wade.

Following ransacking of the area by the Vikings in the 9th Century the monatery was abandoned and in AD 949 it was handed over to the Archbishopric of Canterbury to become a parish church.

In the 12th century two huge towers were added supposedly to aid the navigation of ships along the coastline.

In the 13th century the chancel was extended and wooden spires added to the towers and in the 15th century porches were added.

Over the years a large settlement had grown up adjacent to the church but the constant erosion of the coastline caused the population to gradually abandon it to move further inland.

In 1809, following further destruction of property by erosion, the vicar persuaded the parishoners to demolish the building which was completed using gunpowder to blow up the walls but leaving the towers standing. The towers were then sold to Trinity House for £100 to continue as a navigational aid.

in 1925 the site was placed in the care of the Ministry of Works who, over the years, added substantial sea defences to protect against further erosion.


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Re: St. Mary the Virgin, Reculver (old church)
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2012, 14:57:48 pm »
The stone tablet set in the wall of the church commemorating the sale of the towers to Trinity House:


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Re: St. Mary the Virgin, Reculver (old church)
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2012, 11:15:26 am »
Another view of the old church..
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Re: St. Mary the Virgin, Reculver (old church)
« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2012, 11:58:47 am »
More views of the church as the sun went down. And the tide was out  :)
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Re: St. Mary the Virgin, Reculver (old church)
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2012, 23:27:03 pm »
It's such an iconic landmark.  An excellent selection of photos!

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Re: St. Mary the Virgin, Reculver (old church)
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2017, 08:53:52 am »
Kentish Gazette - Friday 14 July 1809
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Re: St. Mary the Virgin, Reculver (old church)
« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2020, 06:45:54 am »
The Sphere - Saturday 01 October 1927

THE RESTORATION OF A LANDMARK

The work in progress on the old church at Reculver, Kent, which has been for centuries a guiding point to mariners off the coast, has been undertaken by the Ancient Monuments Department of the Office of Works.
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Re: St. Mary the Virgin, Reculver (old church)
« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2020, 17:40:03 pm »
beautiful photography

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Re: St. Mary the Virgin, Reculver (old church)
« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2024, 14:38:24 pm »
Another old view of the church, probably 1880s (but that's a guess).
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