St. Mary in Castro, Dover Castle, Dover
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Seen by hundreds of thousands of visitors each year as they tour Dover Castle, St. Mary in Castro is, first and foremost, a working place of worship. Services are usually at 10am every Sunday, normally Holy Communion, with Sung Matins on the 2nd Sunday each month. (ring 01304 202979 or see ‘Services’ and ‘Calendar of Events’ for current details)
Sunday Services as normal at 10am,
|Sun 07/May/17||10:00||Easter 4|
|Sun 14/May/17||10:00||Easter 5|
|CHRISTIAN AID WEEK|
|Sun 21/May/17||10:00||RA Foundation Sunday / Morning Prayer|
|Sun 28/May/17||10:00||Easter 7 [No parking on Palace Green]|
Once the local Garrison church, it is now an Extra-parochial Church in Canterbury Diocese, but it still keeps a miltary ethos.
All services are open to everyone, if attending worship, an entry ticket from English Heritage is not required.
The church is inside the Castle grounds and, from its Saxon beginnings, has served garrisons within the castle and in the surrounding area.
Sited on the White Cliffs of Dover with a 360 degree panorama the age of the church is uncertain but the current building dates from 800 to 1000AD (late Saxon ). It is likely that it is on the site of earlier Roman foundations, either a place of worship or a building linked to the Roman lighthouse, Pharos, which is by the West door. Roman building materials, especially tiles, were re-used by the Saxons in walls and arches.
At the end of the seventeenth century, church attendance dropped, the church fell into ruins. It was later used as a fives court, a coal store and rubbish dump. In 1862 the church was restored by George Gilbert Scott and the distinctive mosaic work and other cosmetic additions were added by William Butterfield in 1889/90.
The church played a major part during the two world wars as a place of worship and contemplation for those stationed in the castle, or those heading overseas. During the spring and summer of 1940 services continued despite almost constant air-raids and anti-aircraft fire
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This could be for a variety of reasons, including:
- Regular Services
Designated wider space(s) for people with a disabled parking badge
(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)
Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Foodbank or foodbank collection point
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