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St Martin Church
St. Martin is probably one of the oldest church in England which is still in use as a parish church. It was most probably build as a Roman church in the 4th century outside the walls of Canterbury. On the arrival of Queen Bertha with her chaplain Bishop Liudhard, it was restored and used for the Queen worship. It was rededicated to St. Martin of Tours by Bishop Liudhard (not surprising for a princess who came from Tours and Gaulish bishop). It was the first Church used for worship by St. Augustine and his companions, as mentioned by Bede.
Bishop Liudhard was there, he probably died soon after the arrival of St. Augustine, as Bede did not mention any more details about him.
Bishop Liudhard was buried in St. Martin but Archbishop Laurence removed his remains to St. Peter and Paul Church. A golden medalet showing the bust figure with inscription of LEVARDUS EPS was discovered in St. Martin in the 19th C (It is now in the Liverpool Museum). It is doubtless refers to Bishop Liudhard. The above indicate, despite little histographic information, that this bishop was highly regarded at the time.
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This is a really beautiful church and is actually the oldest parish church in England, thought to date back to Roman Times.
It is where St.Augustine came to worship before he was able to establish a monastrey.
This church is still used, so you may be able to attend services with the locals if you so wish.
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St. Martin's Church
This is St. Martin's Church. It is the oldest parish church in England that is still in use. It is a fascinating building with an important history - the starting point of the revival of Christianity in England in 597 AD by Saint Augustine.
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