Trials,Tribulations and Happy Moments in my busy life

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

St. Alphege Church, Whitstable

Hi again folks,

Today I am taking you on a visit to St. Alphege in Whitstable High Street, the Saint in question was Archbishop of Canterbury and killed by the Vikings in 1012, the church was completed in 1845.

Looking towards the altar showing four of the eight beams made from solid lengths of Memel Yellow Fir.  On the right hand side of the altar is the statue of St. Alphege, more about that later.

The Eagle Lectern is just over 100 years old and stands proudly near the choir stalls and banners.

A closer look at the statue which was made of Papier Mache by one of the congregation.

The organ was installed in 1862, before that the music came from a Flute, Violin and Cello.

Choir stalls.

Showing the gallery above and below are sandblasted and acid etched glass windows totaling 12 metres long by 1.4 metres high, designed and created by Sonia McNally.  She had worked with children to draw pictures showing the life and martyrdom of St. Alphege and then collaged them together.  

Close up of one of the windows which unfortunately had reflection due to the lights.

More can be found at the churches website

Thanks for looking.

Luv, Mike


  1. Great you're back. The church is beautiful, I was born in St Alphege's Hospital in Greenwich. I didn't know that he was Archbishop of Canterbury. The paper mache statue is very good. love the etchings on the divided glass. Mrs Egg.

  2. Those etched windows are tremendous and I adore the papier mache figure !
    Some fabulous shots here Mike......
    Chris and Dave R

  3. Was that a balcony at the back of the church very unusual in a Parish church more normal for your Non-Conformist Chapels

  4. Oh my .. those etched windows are just so beautiful! .. thanks for taking us there ... another interesting Church history... I bet the music before the organ was very special to listen to .
    Eileen xx