This Norman church was built between 1066 and 1086 and underwent a restoration in 1843 and so is seen as mainly a Victorian construction, with only the tower escaping major works. Many of the stained glass windows replaced after World War II commemorate the various historic associations between the church and town. St Mary’s is still very much the town’s parish church having been an important part of civic life for centuries. Mayors and Members of Parliament for Dover were elected in the church from 1581 until 1826. A barrier was placed down the centre of the building to keep the rival factions apart, and often there was bloodshed and the church desecrated and made unfit for public worship.

Picture Credit: © St Mary's Church Dover.

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