History of All Saints Whitstable

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There has been a church on the site for at least 800 years, initially consisting of a chancel and nave.

In the early 13th century a new church was built in the same simple form, the early English style of Gothic Architecture, and a tower was added.

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The north aisle was added in the 15th century. In the 1870s when the fabric became unsafe the church was almost rebuilt with the chancel enlarged and a vestry added. 

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In 1962 the design was competed by the adddition of a south aisle and west porch. The south wall of the nave was taken down and rebuilt to form the wall of the new aisle, still retaining the original stained glass windows. Arches and pillars were constructed to reflect those of the early 15th century on the north side of the nave.

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The Nave

At the east end of the Nave Aisle there is a stone slab, from which the brass has been removed, in which the outline of a chalice is clearly visible, showing that it was the tomb of a priest. 

Only two other similar examples exist, both of them in north Kent. The tomb in unique in that it depicts the chalice only and no communion wafer.

On the south wall is the oldest brass in the church, a memorial tablet to Thomas Brede, who died in 1444.

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The artist Polly Hope was commisioned to make the frontal in 1984. It depcits four of the visions from the Book of Revelation. It has been exhibited in the cathedrals of Canterbury, York and St Paul's.

The Chancel Arch