St George's Church, Gravesend is a Grade II*-listed Anglican church dedicated to Saint George, which is situated near the foot of Gravesend High Street in the Borough of Gravesham. It serves as Gravesend's parish church and is located in the diocese of Rochester, Kent, England.Before you head to Gravesend, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Gravesend road trip planning site, to make sure you see all that Gravesend has to offer, including St George's Church.
Gravesend was recorded in the Domesday Book as part of the parish of St Mary the Virgin at Heacham. In 1478, a chapel of ease to St Mary's was licensed by King Edward IV, after three years' public petitioning for a place which "in time to come shall become the parish church" and dedicated to St George, after St George's Chapel, Windsor.
In 1497 King Henry VII granted the citizens of Gravesend a parish church, which was consecrated by John Fisher, bishop of Rochester in 1510; and (after St Mary's was damaged by fire in 1508, becoming ruined by 1529) the new church was established as the parish church in 1544. John Rolfe's Native American wife, Rebecca (Pocahontas) was buried under the chancel of this church after her death on 21 March 1617. William Ordway Partridge's bronze statue commemorates her.
St George's Church reviews
This beautiful parish church is well worth a visit. Its main claim to fame it its association with Princess Pocahontas who is buried in the churchyard 400 years ago. There are no longer individual..... more »
The claim to fame of this church is that it is the resting place of Pocahontas, but apart from that it has a wealth of history, including a memorial to General Gordon and some stunning stained glass..... more »
Full of history, and a very relaxed place. Even though I'm atheist I still appreciate all religious buildings. It comes across as peaceful, like an oasis in a town. The church could be anywhere as you don't realise its location. The temporary resting place, to Pocahontas, where her memorial stands.
We were attending Graham East's funeral a lovely service in a lovely old church. In honour of a good man RIP
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