St Margaret of Antioch at St Margaret's-at-Cliffe
St Margaret's Grade I listed church may be one of the earliest aisled churches of its date, and is certainly one of the most famous Norman churches in Kent. It's oldest foundations date back to Saxon times. Take the time to explore the interior, find the ancient maritime graffiti in the stonework, pause over the beautiful windows and read the plaques. In the south wall is a particularly evocative window commemorating three local men who lost their lives in the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster in 1987. The windows behind the main altar have the most wonderful delphinium blue glass which looks magnificent when the sun shines through.
There are steps for pedestrians up from the High Street, or you can enter the churchyard from the village car park, which also gives you level access. If you come from the car park, this is the lovely approach you will come down. Stop and have a look at the fabulous West Door, which is a fine example of Early Norman carving. Conservation work has been carried out on the stonework over 2011/12 to stabilise and preserve this important architectural feature.
have ramp access at the main door and communions are held at floor
level. We have an induction loop for those hard of hearing and
large print service books are available. We have toilet
facilities with a changing table and potty for little ones, and we
provide refreshments after most 10.00am services. If you are
looking to hold a baptism at St Margaret's, these are conducted on
the second Sunday of the month, at 12noon.
Our latest Annual Parochial Church Meeting reports can be downloaded below for you to read.