Church of St Mary the Virgin

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Fordwich

Church of St Mary the Virgin

Church of St Mary the Virgin
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Hikemike
11 contributions
A Church to visit
Jul 2019
On a chance visit to Fordwich my wife and I stumbled upon this small exquisite anglican church dating back to Norman times set in a fairly overgrown churchyard adjacent to the river Stour. It has a fascinating history throughout the centuries and although no longer used for services is maintained by the Churches Conservation Trust. It provides a window of how pilgrims and local people worshipped in the past with interesting features such as the wooden box pews and a shelf for leaving loaves for the poor. Well worth a visit whilst in the tiny town of Fordwich.
Written 4 September 2019
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RCL222
Canterbury, UK48 contributions
Beautiful church
Mar 2019 • Solo
I always enjoy visiting this beautiful church.
I recommend it to anyone.
Fordwich town is also beautiful
Written 19 March 2019
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Abeonas
Kent, UK4 153 contributions
Rattlin’
Oct 2018 • Friends
We had to have a nose in here. Beautiful and ancient from the outside , even more so inside. Great atmosphere , loads of history to imbibe. There has been a church on this site since 620, the present building is from the 11/12 th centuries. It has old family pews with doors, stained glass windows and a delightful spire a top it. The latch to the door of the church rattled from the effect of the wind, akin to a Dickens novel. Worth a visit and a small donation for the up keep!
Written 13 October 2018
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Hi lobster64, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review, really glad you enjoyed your visit and thank you for making a donation. We have over 350 churches across England so hope to see you at another CCT church soon. Best wishes, Rachel M
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Lestermusic-uk
Ramsgate, UK363 contributions
Small is beautiful
Oct 2018 • Solo
Fordwich is the smallest town in Britain with fewer than 400 people living there at the last census.
The Church of St.Mary the Virgin is a most interesting place to see and I found the woodwork from construction to the pews amazing. St.Mary's is run by the Churches Conservation Trust and is Grade 1 listed.
Though the original church dates back to 620, much was rebuilt in the 11th and 12th centuries.
Being near to Canterbury, Fordwich acted as a port for boats going there via the River Stour.
This is a wonderful church to visit and take in the pretty town too.
Written 6 October 2018
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Hi Peter, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review, really glad you enjoyed your visit. We have over 350 churches across England so hope to see you at another CCT church soon. Best wishes, Rachel M
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Ferial E
Carlisle, UK216 contributions
Services still held
Feb 2018 • Couples
Lovely building and it's good to know that the CCT is still arranging for Services to be held here. It's soooo cold though - understandably.
Written 12 February 2018
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Hawkins S
Antigua7 contributions
Amazing
Oct 2017 • Friends
Really enjoyed visiting this little church we went during the week it was a wet day. so interesting seeing the different brasses on the floor and the stain glass window.
Written 3 December 2017
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Wayne D
Key West, FL530 contributions
Simple, impressive, beautiful
Jun 2017 • Couples
Saint Mary the Virgin of Fordwich is an ancient church, dating back to 620, though much of the church has been reconstructed, starting in the 11th and 12th centuries. It is redundant, with services now being held elsewhere. It is a Grade I listed structure, managed by the Churches Conservation Trust, which keeps it open to the public.

The church is well worth a visit, even compared to the nearby Canterbury Cathedral. The exterior is simple in its construction, compared to the cathedral, but there are still a few quirks (check out the gargoyle-like heads on flanking the window over the altar from the outside). The church yard/cemetery surrounds the church, with many headstone carved skull staring at you as you walk into the church.

The interior of the church is very nice, with 18th century box pews sitting below medieval stained glass windows. Near the altar there are said to be visible architectural elements from the Saxon period. The church houses the Fordwich Stone, an altar-like structure that is said to have been the original tomb of St. Augustine.

A visit to the church can be quick or long. I suggest reading the church history (in the church on a table with other literature) at the start of your visit and find the items it lists. I also recommend Champing, where you can camp out in the church overnight (Google "Champing" and/or go to the Churches Conservation Trust website).
Written 26 June 2017
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Marcus S
Canterbury, UK27 contributions
Unusual skull carvings on gravestones outside a charming church
Dec 2016
The graveyard at the church of St Mary the Virgin in Fordwich has some unusual tombstones in it with skull carvings. Not the usual fayre among more typical crosses, cherubs and doves of peace, the skulls on the stones located to the left of the church door are particularly impressive... and photograph well for anyone interested in documenting them. Inside, the church is welcoming and has space for "champing" i.e. church camping, by prior reservation on the Champing website.
Written 2 January 2017
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kimpy1945
Broadstairs, UK73 contributions
Emotional
Mar 2016 • Couples
This is where both my boys were Christened , a beautiful church, and lovingly maintained by the villagers, made me shed a tear !
Written 15 May 2016
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Plattypuss52
Sevenoaks743 contributions
Peaceful church
May 2016 • Couples
I believe this is a church used for champing as it is part of the church conservation trust so we found , beds, chairs and a very useful toilet inside the church. The church is very historic, peaceful and worth a visit whilst in the old town of Fordwich.
Written 4 May 2016
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