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Dymchurch – St Monica (chapel-of-ease)

Chapel Road, Dymchurch, Kent

A modest church of the 1960s. The exterior with its three large north windows is not without architectural interest. The interior is simpler and more functional in character.

Mass began to be said in Dymchurch between the two World Wars in the Ship Hotel. Development in the Dymchurch area began in the 1950s. The present small church was opened in 1964. The architects were Jackson & Jackson (Catholic Building Review, 1964). A piece of land adjoining the church site was purchased in 1969 for a future presbytery.


The church is a small portal-frame building in the modern style of the 1960s. On plan it comprises a wide aisleless nave, a short sanctuary, and a flat-roofed addition along the south side which contains sacristies and other small rooms. The walls are faced with buff brick, the shallow-pitched main roof is covered with copper. The west end wall abuts the boundary fence and is blind. The north side has three large canted timber windows, a small square brick tower with a lantern set into the roof slope at the east end and a flat-roofed porch on the side wall of the sanctuary. The east sanctuary wall is blind, with ornamental raised bricks. The flat-roofed south addition has small rectangular uPVC windows in the east and south walls and a south western door which is the main entrance to the church.

The interior of the church is much like a hall in feel, with the portal frame exposed and a folding partition across the middle of the space. All the light comes from the three large clear-glazed windows in the north wall. A wide segmental arch in the east wall of the nave opens into the small sanctuary,  which has  an east wall of bare brickwork. The floor of the main space is parquet, on which are placed plain benches. The simple fittings are probably contemporary with the church.

Amended by AHP 03.02.2021

Heritage Details

Architect: Jackson & Jackson

Original Date: 1964

Conservation Area: No

Listed Grade: Not Listed