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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]
History
Status Parish church
Founded 1062
Architecture
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
Specifications
Materials Flint, Caen stone
Administration
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.

History

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.

Churchyard

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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