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Offline CAT

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Re: St. Mary the Virgin, Fordwich
« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2016, 15:51:35 »
How we have come full circle as people are fighting to get a pew nowadays, though this is to purchase one after they have been removed during a reordering of the church interior. Surely there are only so many farmhouse kitchens these can fit into?

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Re: St. Mary the Virgin, Fordwich
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2016, 21:22:31 »
There was a sign near the door to say that due to theft it would be locked.  There was a "church open" sign near the gate but not out so I am guessing it is often open but not when we visited.  I will keep this on my places to visit list and try again in the future.

It is very sad when churches close, it was only 100 years ago that you probably had to fight to get a pew!

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Re: St. Mary the Virgin, Fordwich
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2016, 20:30:06 »
That`s strange as I`ve always found that CCT churches are always open or a keyholder is available, ie Luddenham, Kingsdown and Goodnestone. The CCT website states that Fordwich church is open daily, 10 am - 3 pm

https://www.visitchurches.org.uk/visit/church-listing.html



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Re: St. Mary the Virgin, Fordwich
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2016, 18:02:45 »
Even sadder of the times is that the church is under the guardianship of the Churches Conservation Trust as the congregation had dwindled to virtually nothing in recent years. Some times its the only way to temporarily 'save' these buildings, but it does mean that the doors are mostly locked to deter the light fingered.
 

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Re: St. Mary the Virgin, Fordwich
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2016, 17:38:01 »
A sad sign of the times that the church has to be locked, Kyn.

You learn something every day.  The gravestone mentions Romansgate, evidently (from Google) the former name of Ramsgate.

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St. Mary the Virgin, Fordwich
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2016, 22:07:02 »
Unfortunately this church was locked when visited.

 

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