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St Laurence's Church, Ramsgate
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St Laurence's Church, Ramsgate
Coordinates: 51°20′15″N 1°24′04″E / 51.337561°N 1.4011898°E / 51.337561; 1.4011898
Location Ramsgate, Kent
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website [1]
Status Parish church
Founded 1062
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade I
Designated 4 February 1988
Style Norman, Early English, and Victorian
Completed 11th century, 12th and 13th century chancel and aisles, rebuilt in the 15th century with a tower
Materials Flint, Caen stone
Parish St. Laurence in the Isle of Thanet
Deanery Thanet
Archdeaconry Canterbury
Diocese Canterbury
Province Canterbury

St Laurence's Church, also known as St Laurence-in-Thanet, is a Church of England parish church in Ramsgate, Thanet, Kent.


The church, founded in 1062, is a grade I listed building, and is the oldest church in Ramsgate. It was an abbey church until 1275, when it became a parish church. The building was enlarged in the 12th and 13th centuries, including a chancel and side aisles being implemented.

A lightning strike in 1439 resulted in the church being rebuilt, with the tower being raised to its present height.

As Ramsgate grew, the town developed its own church: St Laurence became a separate parish in 1826.


Tomb of Thomas Wilde, 1st Baron Truro
The D'Este Mausoleum in the churchyard

St Laurence has a large churchyard covering three and a half acres. It contains over 1400 graves, the earliest of which is dated to 1656.

Notable burials

  • D'Este Mausoleum
  • Admiral William Fox (c1733-1810)
  • Sir William Garrow (1760–1840)
  • John Collis Browne (1819–1884)
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