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Review of St Peter's Church

St Peter's Church
Ranked #3 of 21 things to do in Sandwich
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Owner description: This old Cinque Port church (Cinque Ports were the five harbour towns on the south coast which in Medieval times provided the king with ships and men in exchange for trading and other privileges) is a local landmark. Much of today's building dates from 800 years ago, though it has been altered many times. The handsome tower with its distinctive onion dome top is a 17th-century addition - built by Flemish protestant refugees, in the style of their homeland churches. The dome would have been in place when American Founding Father Thomas Paine was married at St Peter's in 1759. There was once a Norman church on the site and traces of masonry from this building can still be seen at the west end.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed August 21, 2013

The church is maintained by the Churches Conservation Trust. It had many interesting aspects-architectural, historical and social.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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“Nice deconsecrated church”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

A quiet space: a shame that the south nave garden wasn't open in winter for us to look around. We felt that there could have been more made of the church's history and architecture

Visited February 2013
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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78 attraction reviews
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“Historic decomissioned church open to visitors”
Reviewed November 27, 2012

This redundant church has been retained as a historic monument and is open to visitors, thanks to its volunteers. I'd never entered this church before and was immediately struck by the lofty, empty space created by the removal of the church pews which made it easy to appreciate the architecture. There were several other visitors having a look round too so it was good to see such interest in this historic building. Items of note include the magnificent beamed roof and an old horse-drawn fire engine.

Visited August 2012
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