Category Archives: Religion & Churches

St Edmunds Chapel – dedicated by one Saint to another Saint

The tiny Chapel of St Edmund on Priory Road, once referred to as the Chapel of St John (see below), has had a chequered history. It is believed that a ‘Cemetery of the Poor’ was established in 1131 by the Priory of … Continue reading

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Matson Family, Dissenters, Solton and the Trunnel Feast

The Matson’s hailed from Solton, then part of West Cliffe, about three miles east of Dover and less than a mile from St Margaret’s at Cliffe. The parish of West Cliffe, adjacent to the A258 Dover-Deal Road traditionally consisted of … Continue reading

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Joanne Bouchier – the Martyr from Eythorne

The young Joanne Bouchier (died 1550) stood on the pyre, her shorn head erect. Dr Scory (d1585), who later was appointed the Bishop of Rochester, asked her to repent. Joanne looked defiant but said nothing. The pyre was lit and … Continue reading

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Witch Trials

Theodore (602-690), Archbishop of Canterbury, published the first ecclesiastical laws condemning witchcraft in England, in the seventh century. It would seem from this that the fear of witchcraft had been around for a long time before and it continued, reaching … Continue reading

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A Walk around the historic St Mary’s Church

During the summer months, members of St. Mary’s Church, Cannon Street, are available most mornings to show people round the ancient building. It is a living place of worship yet the historic artifacts are laid out in such a way that … Continue reading

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