St Laurence's Church, Ramsgate facts for kids
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St Laurence's Church, Ramsgate
|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|
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.
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.
- D'Este Mausoleum
- John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore (1730–1809)
- Lady Augusta Murray (1768–1830)
- Thomas Wilde, 1st Baron Truro (1782–1855)
- Augusta Emma d'Este (1801–1866)
- Admiral William Fox (c1733-1810)
- Sir William Garrow (1760–1840)
- John Collis Browne (1819–1884)
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