St Margaret's Church, St Margaret At Cliffe  Church

Image Source: John Salmon


Almost hidden from its busy village street, this is one of the most famous Norman churches in Kent. Noble in its proportions and decorations it may be one of the earliest aisled churches of its date. The arcades have most unusual decoration, and some corbels above them suggest that perhaps a different form of roof was intended. My favourite part of the church is the chancel long and impressive with dignified not-yet-lancets in the east wall. In the south aisle is a window commemorating three local men who lost their lives in the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster with the Kent Invicta symbol in prominent position. To the south of the church is an unusual Mausoleum that appears to contain several different families and to still be in use.



Church Data


1851 Census Details


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Architecture Details


Original Build Date/Architect: Medieval

Restoration: Ewan Christian 1864

Second Restoration: -


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