>> Wednesday, August 21, 2013
St Martin's in Canterbury is the oldest church building in England, still functioning as a church and the oldest church in continuous use in the English speaking world. It was already an old church when Augustine came in AD 597.
It was the chapel of Queen Bertha of Kent in the 6th century before Augustine arrived. Queen Bertha was the wife of King Æthelberht of Kent. He was converted to Christianity.
Do you ever sit in the pew of a church and imagine the people that went before you. Through the last wars, though the Victorians, Georgians, the civil war, back to the plague years, all the prayers and thoughts that have welled up in those walls.
It's quite incredible.
We had a long wander around the church yard. Mary Tourtel (Rupert bear) is buried here, and Hilare Countess Nelson (who married Horatio Nelson's brother and Jane Austin's Nephew but not at the same time.)