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Seasalter Old Church, St Alphege

A Grade II Listed Building in Seasalter, Kent

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Latitude: 51.3432 / 51°20'35"N

Longitude: 1.0042 / 1°0'15"E

OS Eastings: 609324

OS Northings: 164742

OS Grid: TR093647

Mapcode National: GBR SVW.NPN

Mapcode Global: VHKJR.CH7N

Plus Code: 9F3382V3+7M

Entry Name: Seasalter Old Church, St Alphege

Listing Date: 30 March 1951

Last Amended: 20 May 1977

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1084929

English Heritage Legacy ID: 170809

Location: Seasalter, Canterbury, Kent, CT5

County: Kent

District: Canterbury

Electoral Ward/Division: Seasalter

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Whitstable

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

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This List entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 25 February 2019


CHURCH LANE (north side)
Seasalter Old Church, St Alphege

(Formerly listed as located on Church Lane (east side); previously listed as: PILGRIM'S LANE SEASALTER ST ALPHEGE'S CHURCH)


Materials: Kentish Ragstone with some ironstone, flint and re-used earlier stone; early Victorian fa├žade is flint with stone dressings. Red tiled roof.

Plan: a small rectangular plan church (comprising the former chancel) with entrance to west.

Exterior: west front is entirely of the 1845 build, with wide gabled end buttresses and an advanced central part with pointed arch door below a lancet and a raised belfry. The stone is loosely arranged in a chequerboard fashion and the quoins contribute to the patterned effect. North wall has some pink ironstone amongst the ragstone, all rubble, and has single lancet in the centre of the wall; deep buttress to north east corner. East end shows a curious assortment of rubble and reused stone, all exposed; central window of three simple modern lancets; substantial lancets to each end. South wall is similarly ragstone rubble peppered with flint, and deep buttresses at the south east corner; south wall has two single lancets

Interior: a very small and modest interior. East window set in wall with splayed cill and exposed ragstone to arch. Piscina has ogee arch. Timber panelled dado to east end. Pews are Victorian and south wall has two deep splayed window surrounds for the single lancets of simple coloured glass; to centre is what appears to have been a door but with no evidence on the outside wall. West wall has deep set window with single lancet coloured glass window of St. Alphege over doorway with depressed arch. Marble monuments to Sarah Hyder of Court Lees d.1836; Elizabeth Eagleton d.1835; Captain William Augustine Ryder d.1842.

History: The dedication to St. Alphege, the Saxon archbishop, is an unusual one nationally and especially associated with Kent. St. Alphege was murdered by Danes at Greenwich and brought to Canterbury Cathedral in 1023. The church on this site was first built in the late C12. By the 1840s, the church was in a poor condition and it was decided to build a new St. Alphege's church in Whitstable. The nave of the medieval church was pulled down and the chancel was made into a burial chapel. This new work was done by H. Marshall and the new building was consecrated on 9 October 1845. The church is now surrounded by mid C20 housing and occupies a high point on a hill set in an open churchyard with mature trees.

J. Newman, Buildings of England, North East and East Kent, p.454

Reasons for Designation
St Alphege's Church, Whitstable, is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Early English fabric from the chancel of former church constitutes fragmentary medieval survival of special interest;
* The 1845 work by H. Marshall is of interest an early Victorian refronting for the church's continued use as a burial chapel, also of attractive flint and stone in a chequerwork pattern

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