St Catherine's Church
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Sir John Betjeman in the Collins Pocket Guide to English Parish Churches has described St Catherine's as, "high and distinguished among the railways and breweries".
Christian worship has been offered in this place since well before the Norman Conquest, and this church, standing only three hundred yards from Watling Street at its nearest point to Faversham Creek, would have been a natural site for a settlement and church at any time after St Augustine and his monks came to Canterbury
The only trace of the Saxon building, however, which the Normans completely rebuilt, comprises fragments of Saxon stonework found during nineteenth century alterations, undated except for part of a doss arm dated to the early eighth century - but it is not known whether this would have been part of a preaching cross on this site pre-dating any church building, or evidence of an actual building already in place. The Norman church comprised the middle section of the present nave (without the side aisles) and some but probably not all the present chancel.
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