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St. Mary and St. Eanswythe Church (Folkestone)

St. Mary and St. Eanswythe is the parish church of Folkestone in Kent.

It is situated in the Old Town, between the modern centre and the sea.

The church dates partly from the 12th century, with 14th century chapels and central tower, which replaced an earlier one.

St. Eanswythe was one of the Anglo-Saxon Royal princesses who became abbesses. Indeed she was the first, and her nunnery was here. In 1885, a lead casket was found in the church, and this is believed to contain her relics. It is still there.

An aisle commemorates William Harvey, who discovered the circulation of blood. Although he was buried at Hempstead in Essex, he was a Folkestone man.

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