St Martin's church in Acrise near Folkestone is nearly a thousand years old and contains the simplicity and atmosphere of its original early Norman construction. The village owes its name to the abundance of oak trees that grew on the high ground in the area named ‘Oak Rise’ in medieval English. Whilst most of its original elements are hidden by later 14th Century alterations, parts of the original windows and priest’s door show its Norman heritage. Hidden from the road and through an avenue of trees, its nave and chancel, topped by massive wooden tie beams and king posts are highlights of its style.


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