St Martin's Church, Canterbury World Heritage Site

Church in Canterbury, England

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St Martin's Church
LocationCanterbury, Kent, England
Coordinates51°16′40.76″N 1°5′37.77″E / 51.2779889°N 1.0938250°E / 51.2779889; 1.0938250Coordinates: 51°16′40.76″N 1°5′37.77″E / 51.2779889°N 1.0938250°E / 51.2779889; 1.0938250
Official nameCanterbury Cathedral, St Augustine's Abbey, and St Martin's Church
TypeCultural
Criteriai, ii, vi
Designated1988 (12th session)
Reference no.496
StateUnited Kingdom
RegionEurope and North America
Listed Building – Grade I
Official nameChurch of St Martin
Designated28 February 1952
Reference no.1242166[1]
St Martin's Church, Canterbury is located in Kent
St Martin's Church, Canterbury
Location of Church of St Martin in Kent

The Church of St Martin is an ancient Church of England parish church in Canterbury, England, situated slightly beyond the city centre. It is recognised as having the longest continuous history as a parish church in the English-speaking world. It is noted as "The first church founded in England", although Roman and Celtic churches had existed for centuries. The church is, along with Canterbury Cathedral and St Augustine's Abbey, part of a World Heritage Site.

Since 1668 the church has been part of the benefice of St Martin and St Paul Canterbury. Both St Martin's and nearby St Paul's churches are used for weekly services. The current rector of the parish is the Reverend Mark Richard Griffin.


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