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St. Martin’s Church, Canterbury, England, is the oldest parish church in continuous use. In 668 St. Martin’s was known to be the private chapel of Queen Bertha of Kent, a Christian Frankish Princess whose husband allowed her to practice her religion in the building which, according to Venerable Bede, had been in use before Roman times.
Deborah Mitford married Andrew Cavendish, the future 11th Duke of Devonshire, at the church of St Bartholomew the Great in Smithfield, London, on April 19, 1941. "We loved the ancient church and, perhaps subconsciously, craved the feeling of permanence it gave the upside-down world of war and bombs when everything we knew was changing." Miraculously, she recalls, the church survived the Blitz.
Tewkesbury Abbey by Colin'sPic's, via Flickr. The Abbey of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Tewkesbury, in the English county of Gloucestershire, is the second largest parish church in the country and a former Benedictine monastery. It is one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in Britain, and has probably the largest Romanesque crossing tower in Europe