City of Canterbury
Postal Code: CT2 0AE
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Sturry adjoins Fordwich, just across the river Stour, and was once a busy port. Much of the Church of St Nicholas is Norman; it belonged to St Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury, from 1027 to 1538. The striking west tower is of this period, its masive buttresses reminiscent of the church at Brook. Aisles were added and widened on north and south sides up to the late 15th century. The porch is 16th century, with some original woodwork remaining. Victorian and modern renovations have altered much of the interior of the church, which is now one of the largest in this part of Kent. The Memorial Chapel contains a War Memorial tablet; unusually it includes the names of the civilian casualties, among them those killed when a land mine fell on Sturry High Street on November 22 1941.
The churchyard is large and fairly full, though two sections extending to the busy main Canterbury Road appear to have been cleared, but not used; the gate at the end of a rather grand approach is firmly locked. Access is from the north side, where a quiet lane leads from the village centre a few hundred yards to a range of buildings now the home of the Junior King's School.
(Text by Sheilia W.)