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ST. MARY MAGDALEN CHURCHSt. Mary Magdalen in 1866

The tower is all that is remaining of this medieval, church. It was demolished in 1871 after it had become ruinous. The tower is a 1503 rebuilding of an earlier medieval structure. Today, behind the tower is the Catholic church of St. Thomas of Canterbury.
The last service held in the church was in 1866, when this photograph was taken, and the church was demolished in 1871, with the exception of the tower.
In 1838 the Incumbent & Rector was Frederick Rouch, of Green Court.
The Churchwardens were -
W. Sharp, of Burgate Street & G. Kirby, of Canterbury Lane
The Parish Clerk was Richard Wellard, of Burgate Street and the Sexton was Thomas George, of Canterbury Lane
A notice was issued in August 1870, stating - 'legal notice that a faculty has been applied for to close St. Mary Magdalen Church and enlarge that of St. George the Martyr, and has been affixed to the church doors in Canterbury. It is proposed to take down Burgate Church, excepting the tower'.
Much of the stone from St Mary Magdalen was used in the enlargement of St. George' and one of the bells of St Mary Magdalene was also transferred to St Georges church, which itself was pulled down after it suffered bombing in WWII.
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