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Visit to St. Margaret's Church
Thursday 9th June 2016

A group of nearly 20 members friends and guests congregated in the church refectory at 10am for light refreshments before we were treated to a tour of the church by Pat Manley. Pat, who is a church tour guide, gave us a fascinating brief history of the church and some of its memorials. Tom Cromwell and Colin then kindly gave us an account of the Curfew Tower, Abbey Grounds and the Town Quay. The Abbey grounds were temporarily closed due to site preparation for a folk concert. The weather was delightful and the trip was very enjoyable.

Members having a guided tour from Pat Manley

Near this place lies  interred the Body of
who was born in this Parish and brought
up to the sea service from his Infancy
and in several Engagements, both in
behaved with great Conduct & Bravery,
which recommended him to the favour
of his Royal highness GEORGE Prince of
Denmarak, Lord high Admiral of Great
He commanded his Majesty’s Yatch the
Charlott 13 years, and dyed the 28th of
March 1738, aged 63 years.
He gave £50. in his life time to the Poor of
the said Parish at the time of his Decease
to whom he had always been a generous

Block of tufa which may be seen in church fabric. Tufa is found near springs or in streams rich in calcium carbonate, often derived from limestone or Chalk, or Chalk rich till. The calcium carbonate  is  precipitated  around pebbles, twiggs, leaves etc.This rock type is often associated with Roman buildings.

Tom Cromwell kindly took a group into the Curfew Tower to look at the Holy Rood. Although much damaged this precious relic had been an object of veneration for many centuries. We then looked at the Abbey site before Colin took us to the Town Quay and gave a short history of the rise and eventual fall of the Barking fishing fleet.

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