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Driving into Dover, I noticed a very small Chapel, wedged inbetween newer high buildings. On walking back, I found it was the very old Chapel of St Edmund, the first and only chapel ever dedicated by an English saint to an English saint. It was dedicated to St Edmund of Abingdon, who was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1234 to 1240.
Bishop Richard of Chichester consecrated the chapel, only to be taken ill the next day at Morning Prayer, and four days later died in the Maison Dieu.
I found it interesting, that Richard?s heart was buried in Dover but his body was taken back to Chichester and interred in the chapel of St. Edmund in the Cathedral.
With all the larger buildings around it, the size of Chapel stands out even more. Only 28 feet in length by 14 feet in breadth, [375 square feet,] it is claimed to be the smallest church in regular use in England.
I walked through the small garden to the Door, tried to open it, when a Local yelled to me that the Church is hardly ever open, so I guess if you wish to see the inside, the best time would be the Sunday Service.
Address: Biggin street Dover