Blessed Mary of Walmer
Church Street, Walmer, Deal, Kent, CT14 7RX
BMW was Walmer's original parish church built around 1120. At first it was a
private chapel of the d'Auberville family who lived in the adjacent moated
'Walmer Court'. The church was built inside the moated area.
For centuries BMW was administered from Langdon Abbey which had been founded by the d'Auberville family. The abbots appointed one of the monks as priest to Walmer. After the dissolution of the monasteries during the reformation the church became the responsibility of the Archbishop of Canterbury who subsequently appointed the vicar.
By the end of the 18th century Walmer had grown considerably and the church was not big enough for all who attended services there. By 1826 the church had been enlarged by extending to the north. During some of this time the Duke of Wellington was Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports and was a regular member of the congregation.
However, by the mid-19th century, with further population growth to the north of Walmer nearer the sea, the church had become too small and poorly located. Hence the building of St Saviour's and new St Mary's
Services at the Blessed Mary of Walmer
This historical church offers a unique worship experience where 900 years of Christian prayer is almost tangible in the atmosphere.
A said Common Worship communion putting sacramental worship at the heart of Walmer's history.
Midweek Holy Days 7.30pm
Candlelit sung Common Worship communion services are usually held on Candlemas
- (2nd February), Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, Maundy Thursday, Ascension day; Corpus Christi, and All Souls' Day
- (2nd November), Bring a torch and wrap up warm in winter...