St Mary's Church, Walmer

St Mary's Church, Walmer

infobox UK place
country = England
latitude= 51.2012
longitude= 1.3937

St Mary's or The Church of St Mary the Virgin is a church in Walmer, Kent, United Kingdom.


It was designed by Arthur Blomfield in 1887 to take the pressure off the parish's two other churches, the small medieval Old St Mary's and St Saviour's (a Victorian chapel of ease for fishermen on the seafront, opposite the lifeboat house). A spire was designed but never built.

Art and architecture

The entrance is a three-bay baptistery, into a tall clerestoried nave with narrow aisles either side. The main west window portrays nautical episodes of Christ's life (eg the miraculous draught of fishes, preaching from the boat, calming the storm), the instruments of the passion, and St.s Peter and Paul., whilst both aisles have five sets of three lancets each, with those on the north showing saints and apostles and those on the south side showing Old Testament figures from Moses to Hezekiah. Most windows are by Powell. The aisles end not in complete arches but in lean-to ones, connecting to the vestry (south) and the soldiers' chapel (north). The central nave, on the other hand, is divided from the chancel by a low alabaster screen, showing Blomfield's adherence to the Cambridge Camden Society's ideal that a chancel and nave should be structurally separate.

At the east end, at the High altar, is a reredos designed by Powell's beneath tall triple lancet windows depicting the Ascension, framed by mosaic images of one angel of the left captioned Sperate (Hope for) and another on the right captioned Surgite (Arise). The sanctuary tiling is in brown opus sectile.


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