Description: Church of St Martin
Date Listed: 3 December 1949
English Heritage Building ID: 441523
OS Grid Reference: TR1586457757
OS Grid Coordinates: 615864, 157757
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2780, 1.0937
944 ST MARTIN'S HILL
Church of St Martin
TR 1557 NE 6/161 3.12.49
Reputed to be the oldest Parich Church in England. On the same site was a church bused by Roman Christians. This is supposed to be the church outside the city walls where, before the Conversion, Queen Bertha worshipped with her chaplin Bishop Liudhard. THe Saxon font is traditionally associated with the baptism of King Ethelbert.
The exterior is built of bands of flint, Roman brick and rubble. tiled roof and squat C14 crenellated tower. The interior contains a C7 chancel, altered in the C14, a Norman piscina and holy water stoup and a Squint. There is a memorial tablet to Sir John FInch, Speaker of the HOuse of Commons in the reign of Charles I.
Listing NGR: TR1586557758
Source: English Heritage
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