The Church of St Mary the Virgin is a Grade II* listed Anglican church, a parish church in Dover, Kent, and is situated on Cannon Street in the town centre. There was a church on this site in Saxon times. It was largely rebuilt in the 19th century.Before you head to Dover, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Dover road trip planner , to make sure you see all that Dover has to offer, including St Mary's Church.
The church stands on the site of Roman baths; it is thought there was originally a Saxon church here. Three churches in Dover are mentioned in the Domesday Book, and it has been supposed that these are St Mary's, St James' and St Peter's. The oldest parts of the existing building are the tower and three bays of the arcades, which are Norman architecture of the early 12th century.
From 1230 the church was controlled by Maison Dieu, which was built in Dover in 1203 to accommodate pilgrims from overseas visiting Canterbury Cathedral.
The church was closed in 1537, at the Dissolution of the Monasteries, but opened in 1544 as a parish church, after a petition of the townspeople. From 1581 it was the official church of the Mayor and corporation instead of St Peter's Church (which stood on the northern side of the market square and was in disrepair; it was demolished soon afterwards).
In 1843–1844, during the incumbency of Canon John Puckle, the church, except for the tower, was rebuilt in Early English style. The work was carried out by J. C. & C. Buckler. The church was enlarged and clerestory windows were added. The tower was restored in 1897.
St Mary's Church Reviews
It is said that this church was originally built in 1100 AD. It's been closed and reopened and rebuilt over the years. It was damaged in WW2 but survived where as much of Dover was destroyed by the Ge... more »
Dover selber hat wenig zu bieten, am besten ein kurzer Rundgang z b zur Kirche und mit dem Taxi zu den klippen von Dover bei st.margereth Bay (ab 12£) mind 2.5 h Fußmarsch nach Dover zurück wer Ausdau... more »Dover itself has little to offer, preferably a short tour e.g. to the church and by taxi to the cliffs of Dover at st.margereth Bay (from 12€) at least 2.5 h walk back to Dover - but it is worth it in good weather
Superb architecture; fascinating history; a friendly welcome; a relaxed but challenging service.
Love this church my dad had his service here when he died
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