John E. Vigars Kent Church Photographs
Image Source: Edwardian Postcard
It is difficult to think of Dymchurch without recalling Dr Syn - the smuggling clergyman invented by Russell Thorndike. Yet when one visits this church, standing just off the main coast road within earshot of amusement arcades and holiday chalets, it suddenly hits you that Dr Syn was no more than a storybook hero and that here is real history, unchanged by developments around it. The church is of Norman date, structurally altered in the nineteenth century when the widened nave and little west tower were built. There are some decorated style windows and one thirteenth-century lancet. The east window - which contains good glass of 1927 - has a very slightly pointed arch indicating that this is late Norman work. However, the best original Norman stonework is the chancel arch, which is a tall and wide structure with simple shafting and zigzag moulding. Either side of the arch are recesses for side altars, and in the south wall another recess, showing the remains of thirteenth-century painting, may have served another altar.
1851 Census Details
Seating Capacity: 300
Morning Attendance: 47
Afternoon Attendance: 134
Evening Attendance: No service
Original Build Date/Architect: Medieval
Second Restoration: -
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