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Walmer Parish

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Your Online Parish Clerk for Walmer is:  VACANT.  

Walmer is, ecclesiastically, in the diocese of Canterbury, in the archdeaconry of Canterbury and in the deanery of Sandwich.  The church is named for St. Mary with registers commencing 1560.

Walmer, a small town and a parish in Eastry district, Kent.  The town stands on the coast;  consists of two parts – Lower Walmer adjoining Deal and Upper Walmer, 1-3/4 mile south of Deal rail station;  contains Walmer Castle, infantry barracks, cavalry barracks, a quondam naval hospital now marine barracks, and a house which was tenanted by the Duke of Wellington during the time of Sir Arthur Wellesley;  is a sea-bathing resort;  and has post offices of Walmer with a savings banks and a money order office and Walmer Road, also with a savings banks and a money order office, under Deal, two churches, a garrison school and a national school.

Walmer Castle stands at nearly the southeastern extremity of the parish;was built by Henry VIII. as a block house;  had the same form and design as the neighbouring and contemporaneous castles of Deal and Sandown;  became soon the official residence of the Lord Wardens of the Cinque Ports;  has been greatly altered from its original form;  commands, from the windows of its principal apartments, a splendid sea view;  contains a small room in which William Pitt, as Lord Warden held frequent conferences with Lord Nelson;  was the autumn residence of the Duke of Wellington, as Lord Warden, from 1829 till his death in 1852;  contains the room, considerably altered, in which the Duke died;  was visited, for 23 days in November 1842, by the Queen;  and was occupied in 1848 by Earl Granville.

The barracks were built in 1795;  occupy an area of 22 acres, have accommodation for 1,100 infantry and a troop of horse;  and, at the census of 1861, had 1,149 inmates.

The naval hospital was originally constructed simply as an hospital, for 250 patients;  was converted, after the Crimean war, into a barrack for marines;  and, at the census of 1861, was untenanted.

The parish church is partly Norman and richly decorated;  but includes a remarkable square addition of 1826.

St. Saviour’s church is a chapel of ease, built in 1849.

The parish comprises 939 acres of land and 140 of water.  Real property in 1860, £9,002.  Population in 1851, 2,616;  in 1861, 3,275.  Houses, 434.

The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury.  Value, £240.  Patron, the Archbishop of Canterbury.1
1John Marius Wilson, comp. The Imperial Gazatteer of England and Wales.  (London, England:  A. Fullerton & Co., 1870).


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