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North Holmes Road,
England's oldest Parish Church is still regularly used for Christian worship as it has been for over 1,400 years. It was here that St Augustine worshipped in 597AD with his 40 companions until King Ethelbert granted him the land for the abbey and the cathedral which, with St Martin's, now form the Canterbury World Heritage Site.
St Martin's was the private chapel of Queen Bertha of Kent in the 6th century before Augustine arrived from Rome.
Shortly before 1844, a hoard of gold coins which may date from the late 6th century was found in the churchyard, one of which is the Liudhard medalet, which bears an image of a diademed figure with a legend referring to Liudhard.
The churchyard contains the graves of many notable local families and well known people including Thomas Sidney Cooper, RA (artist) and Mary Tourtel, the creator of Rupert Bear.
Donations are welcome.
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On foot from Longport take the main A257 pass the prison and then left followng the prison wall. The Lytchgate is straight in front of you on the first corner of North Holmes Road.
: 1 mile from Canterbury East station