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January 12, 1808
St Mary’s Church in Reculver, Kent, is a ruined medieval church located in the southeast of England. The church was founded in the 7th century by Saint Erkenwald, Bishop of London, as a place of worship and pilgrimage. It was built on the site of a Roman fort and was originally dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
Over the centuries, St Mary’s Church underwent several renovations and additions, including the construction of a tower in the 12th century. The church became an important center of pilgrimage in the Middle Ages and was visited by many people seeking healing and spiritual guidance.
In the 18th century, the church fell into disrepair and was partially demolished to make way for a new lighthouse. The tower and part of the nave were left standing and are now a Grade I listed building and a scheduled ancient monument.
Despite its ruined state, St Mary’s Church remains an important place for its historical and architectural significance. It is a reminder of the rich history of the area and the enduring influence of Christianity in England. [ChatGPT]
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John Rennie the Elder
Scottish civil engineer who designed many bridges, canals, docks and warehouses, and a pioneer in the use of structural cast-iron