John E. Vigars Kent Church Photographs
Image Source: Edwardian Postcard
The first church here was built in 1822 by the Earl of Darnley to cater for the growing number of people who were visiting Folkestone both as a cross-channel port and as a health resort in its own right. In 1849 SS Teulon - somewhat of a rogue architect - was called in to rebuild and enlarge it, which he did by constructing the familiar wide-aisled nave with galleries. After designing some silver for the church in the second decade of the 20th century, Mr Temple Moore was brought in to regularise the church which was more like a non-conformist chapel than a place of Anglican worship. He described it as `the worst church I have ever seen in my life` and proceeded to remove the galleries seen in this early postcard. A few years later the chancel was enlarged by C M Oldrid-Scott thus completing the work to bring it into line with Anglican churches elsewhere.
1851 Census Details
Seating Capacity: 900
Morning Attendance: 600
Afternoon Attendance: 180
Evening Attendance: 300
Original Build Date/Architect: Teulon 1849
Second Restoration: -
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