St Saviour's Church, Folkestone   Church

Image Source: John Salmon

 

A large and light building by Micklethwaite opened in 1900. He had a rare notion of how a church should look and wrote a wonderfully quirky book putting down his views (Modern Parish Churches). He didn't believe in symbolism of medieval churches and thought function far more important. The walls are brick (since painted) relieved only by wooden dado panelling. My favourite piece of furniture is the font made of fossil-rich Frosterley marble with an amazing bronze cover - but there is far more of interest including two huge angel musicians designed by Bodley which came here in 1952 and were set up either side of the east window. The window itself was designed by Christopher Whall is particularly fine. The Lady Chapel has an altar with a fine reredos with painted panels by Tristram who was responsible for so much restoration of medieval painting in the county. It is set in a frame designed by A G Wallace. The aumbry nearby was built as a piscina but converted into an aumbry as a memorial to Fr Hankey who is shown kneeling at the foot of the cross in a panel above the aumbry door which has wonderfully curvy angels holding it.

 

 

Church Data

 

1851 Census Details

 

Seating Capacity: Not built

Morning Attendance: Not built

Afternoon Attendance: Not built

Evening Attendance: Not built

 

Architecture Details

 

Original Build Date/Architect: Micklethwaite 1891

Restoration: -

Second Restoration: -

 

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