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Churches of Beckenham
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INTRODUCTION
Possibly the most well know of all of the Beckenham churches is the St Georges Parish church. With a history that dates back many centuries (thought to have its origins in Saxon times) this church sits in one of Beckenham's prime locations. Although it has been rebuilt in recent history, its Lych Gates is one of the oldest in the country - dating back to the 13th century! Popular with wedding parties, this is a picturesque traditional church.

EDITORIAL
A church has stood on St George's Parish Church site for some 900 years, since before the Norman conquest. The current building is a magnificent Victorian church. Set in the heart of Beckenham, at the corner of the High Street and Bromley Road and next to St. George's Green, St. George's is one of the few parish churches open throughout the day.

Outside, in the churchyard the burial register started in 1538 contain many interesting tombstones of Beckenham's historical famous. Names such as TW Thornton, the former proprietor of the Beckenham Journal, and the Cator family. The Lychgate or corpse gate is one of the oldest in the country and in an excellent state of preservation. It was restored by the late TW Thornton, in 1924 in memory of his two sons who have their lives in the Great War. The Lych gate is believed to have been uised for watchers, concealed in the beams and lying in wait for body snatchers.

 




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